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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

in this issue 12 20 22 24 30 50 56 62 68 71 77 548 550 552

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 farm-to-table reception sites expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories anatomy of an emergency kit maid to order marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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1611 Lamar | 713.337.7321

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Photos by: Mustard Seed Photography, Deborah Smail and Stephanie Raye

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CONTENTS

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 264

let the good times roll High-low hems, feathers and fringe make for a fun, flirty bridal look.

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make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.

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under-the-dress essentials Get a perfect fit with the right undergarments.

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stylist on call Gown guru Maradee Wahl gives bridal style advice.

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maid for style Make sure your girls look fabulous.

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the dapper groom Tim Gunn of Project Runway shares his accessory tips.

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works of art Find the right ring for you.

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9 rules for accessorizing your dress Pick the perfect finishing touches.

beauty & wellness K

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white hot Get a megawatt smile for your day.

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hair repair

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Celeb stylist George Papanikolas solves your prewedding hair dilemmas.

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sweating for the wedding Kick your fitness goals into gear.

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wedding themes 101

What those nuptial nightmares mean.

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Our glossary has everything you need.

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how to avoid a “pin-dictable” wedding Secrets to hosting a one-of-a-kind event.

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hot trends to make your own The ideas we’re loving this year.

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look good on paper All your stationery questions answered.

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Get the best blooms without breaking your budget.

colors by season Let nature’s hues guide your palette.

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a stem for every style Follow this guide to choose your florals.

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smart ways to snag the finest flowers

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wedding cakes by style How to make your cake mirror your vibe and theme.

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the front-end favor A twist on the traditional parting gift.

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where to register right now The nitty-gritty on our favorite retailers.

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works of art

FROM TOP: VICKI GR AFTON PHOTOGR APHY; YASU + JUNKO

style

your wedding dreams decoded

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p   lanning 221 destination by design Tips to make planning from afar a breeze.

387 10 old-school planning rules

you can break

Some traditions just don’t hold up.

394 happy campers Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

403 how to actually pay for

elly & jason

Little things you can save on, big things you can sacrifice and how it all adds up.

409 please be seated New setup options for your ceremony. Follow our tricks to help you pen your vows. Don’t commit a social media faux pas.

481 13 essential planning tips Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

april 2, bee cave

92 elly & jason

340 alexandra & chris

february 20, houston

august 13, dripping springs

346 emily & jonathan

october 9, houston

october 8, driftwood

104 peyton & connor

352 tiffany & kyle

may 7, hockley

october 22, austin

110 meredith & michael

487 the big picture Ask your photographer these questions.

357 semra & zach

march 12, houston

may 20, austin

115 uche & christian

495 reel talk Find the perfect videographer to capture your day.

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334 matt & scott

98 leslie & zach

475 social studies

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85 janice & matt october 15, houston

415 on the write track

503 foodie faves that ship Add some hometown flair to your day.

509 face the music Mistakes not to make with your band or DJ.

515 no one can prep you for these

day-of surprises

Some things you don’t find out until your wedding day.

521 road to the altar Stylish transportation options.

527 8 wedding planning

mistakes—and how to deal Don’t sweat the small stuff.

531 engagement party basics Hosting etiquette you need to know.

june 4, austin

121 linda & sheyne

421 nadeen & joakim july 23, dallas

213 becky & jeff april 17, san josé del cabo, mexico

227 ethny & eric march 20, san antonio

234 samantha & erick october 8, yturria

240 taylor & drew

january 9, tahoka 246 india & dan april 30, san antonio

252 taylor & ryne august 6, lubbock

259 alexis & daryl november 21, marathon

321 kristi & thomas september 17, buda

536 hottest honeymoon

428 caitlin & jordan november 12, dallas

434 monica & luke may 28, dallas

440 mcclain & andrew october 22, jacksonville

446 audrey & paul september 10, fort worth

452 haley & james april 4, dallas

458 joni & eric november 15, dallas

463 raelynn & carlos october 29, celina

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onye & emeka october 29, fort worth

328 alessia & joe

destinations

Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

r  eal wedding budget key

363 aly & brandon

september 24, cypress september 12, houston

nationwide

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r  eal weddings

june 4, austin

W   e know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

JONATHAN IV Y PHOTOGR APHY

your wedding

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Ceremony | Reception | Rehearsal Dinner | Bridal Shower

Tomball, Texas | www.moffittoaks.com | info@moffittoaks.com | 281.370.6616 Photography By: Happy Day Media

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PRESERVING LIFE’S MOST PRECIOUS MOMENTS...

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Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

ON HER

ON HER

ON HER

Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Julian Gold, JulianGold.com, (San Antonio, Austin & Corpus Christi), Mia Bridal Couture, MiaBridalCouture.com (Houston), Ivory Bridal Atelier, IvoryBridalHouston.com (Houston); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston); headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

ON HIM

ON HIM

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar.com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas), Mia Bridal Couture, MiaBridalCouture.com (Houston); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal .com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond.com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

EASY RIDER Photographer Paul Costello snaps our models cruising through the French Quarter.

MODEL BEHAVIOR Design director Tracy Everding and photo assistant Alex Darsey scout locations.

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shot on location at Hotel Provincial, HotelProvincial.com

behind the scenes JAZZ IT UP With its vibrant music scene and colorful architecture, New Orleans was the perfect backdrop for our fun and flirty fashion feature, “Let the Good Times Roll.� After all, what better place to shoot party dresses and statement accessories than a city known for its one-of-a-kind, celebratory vibe?

photography: Paul Costello fashion styling: Audrey Slater hair: Miok for Wella Professionals

at Judy Casey Inc. makeup: Brett Jackson using NARS Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company florals: Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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The Overlook is a beautiful facility full of American craftsman style charm, and set on a 22 acre green space filled with walking trails, ponds and woods. The Overlook is a gem unlike any other location you’ll find in the greater Houston area. If you are looking for the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony or reception, The Overlook is just the place.

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• DISTINCTIVE • HISTORIC

20114 Pinehurst Drive, Atascocita, TX 77346

TheOverlookEvents.com • 281-812-0193 Is the Overlook available for your special day? Contact us to reserve your date.

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TEXAS HILL COUNTRY MEETS RUSTIC CHARM Centrally located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country between Wimberley, Dripping Springs and Blanco. The Big Red Barn, Rustic Chapel and Farmhouse Lodging are illuminated by panoramic views, stunning sunsets, starry nights and Firefly moments.

FIREFLY MOMENTS: Moments in time when people, places and events shine brightly in our lives, illuminating, attracting and inspiring us.

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FIREFLY FARM | 13633 FARM TO MARKET 2325 | WIMBERLEY, TX | (512) 648-1285 | FIREFLYFARMEVENTS.COM

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Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

DEPUTY EDITOR

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Toby Fox

Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR DIGITAL EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL WEDDINGS ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, DIGITAL SOCIAL EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Daryl Wills, Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier PRINT QUALITY ASSURANCE Lois Brunnert Bethune

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney

The Knot Texas is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Texas are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983 please recycle after wedding

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Set on 4,000 acres of scenic beauty in the Texas Hill

Photograph courtesy of Julie Wilhite.

Country, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers endless possibilities for your perfect wedding. Choose from a variety of elegant venues, while experiencing the superior service and attention to detail you’d expect from Omni.

OMNIHOTELS.COM/BARTONCREEK 512-329-4057

T HE RO C K HO US E • O MN I BA RTO N C RE E K RE S O RT & S PA • AU S T I N , T X

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Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from the Lone Star State for great local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show guests what a true Texas celebration is all about, like Helina and Kidus’s traditional Ethiopian wedding in Dallas. The three days of events included live dancers, multiple outfits and a tribute to their families.

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HELINA & KIDUS: DOUBLE YOU PHOTOGR APHY; ILLUSTR ATION: YING CHANG

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Gather your dream team of wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/stateguides. Your Texas directory has everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from getting your marriage license to seasonal tips. Then, connect with planners, florists, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our ever-expanding local marketplace. Happy planning!

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 403) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 536)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 126). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 190) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 264) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 403). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 154) to where to register right now (p. 203), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

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I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 264)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 190)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 126)

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Send me questions at kellie@theknot.com or find me on Instagram @kelliegouldny

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

This checklist will tell you what to do, when, on your way to the altar­—but make sure to flip the page for our must-have apps and the online tools that will help you get there.

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date: ______ /______ /______

date: ______ /______ /______

date: ______ /______ /______

Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 26). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening! Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 26). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

MONTHS

Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss religious requirements such as premarital counseling. Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

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4-5 MONTHS

MONTH

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date: ______ /______ /______

Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs, linens and so on) with the caterer or rental company. Complete your wedding cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one. Buy wedding rings. Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

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Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it official. Finalize your ceremony with your officiant.

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Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want.

1-2 WEEKS

date: ______ /______ /______

Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager, and finish the seating chart. Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all beauty appointments are scheduled.

2-3 DAYS

date: ______ /______ /______

Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

K wedding planning tools Our apps and online tools for top to-dos in the first months of planning make the process easy. OUR APPS THE KNOT GUEST LIST AND WEDDING WEBSITES MANAGER Create your wedding website and guest list. Guests can access the app to get essential details and share photos. WEDDING LOOKBOOK BY THE KNOT Search for the hottest dresses and rings, and see where you can find them in your area. WEDDING PLANNER BY THE KNOT Consider this your personalized organizer: It includes the Wedding Budget Calculator and The Ultimate Wedding Checklist.

Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and the reception sites one more time to go over the schedule.

Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves.

our planner app is a must-have!

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Give the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Breathe—and have fun!

OUR ONLINE TOOLS THEKNOT.COM/WEDDINGWEBSITES Build your customized wedding website by choosing from unique design schemes and colors. The best part? It’s free! THEKNOT.COM/REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores and track all of your gifts. Be sure to share your registries on your wedding website. THEKNOT.COM/MARKETPLACE Research, read reviews, directly connect, then book top wedding vendors in your area, in all categories. SC STOCKSHOP

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THE JL BAR RANCH & RESORT

Weddings at The JL Bar

An Unrivaled Wedding Experience Every bride wants a beautiful backdrop to the most special day in her life. Nestled among the oaks and prickly pear, The JL Bar Ranch & Resort offers a beautiful setting with a custom experience. From an intimate wedding to a guest list of 500, we would love to show you how we can make your wedding a memory to cherish. Our Wedding Terrace, located just below the infinity pool, offers one of these special settings. This venue is a photographer’s dream! On-site catering and lodging make it an ideal wedding destination.

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EXPERT Q& A

ask carley Our cofounder answers your questions.

My fiancé is Hindu, and while we’ve chosen not to have a religious ceremony, I want to surprise him with a few personal touches from his heritage. Any suggestions? The best way to do this is subtly. Gold and red, both auspicious colors in Indian tradition, could appear throughout your wedding details. Choose a red stationery suite inked in gold, have your bridesmaids wear red or decorate your tables with gold-plated urns filled with red, pink and yellow blooms. Elephants (to honor the god Ganesh) could also play a role, or include a modern mandap in the ceremony.

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I’m having trouble finding accessories to match my style of dress—how should I start?

SEATING STRESS

One or two accessories can complete any look (and make it your own), but try not to pile on too many pieces or you’ll be headed for a fashion faux pas. But if you want to achieve glamgirl status, feel free to add a big, bold necklace to your embellished dress, plus a crystal clutch. Is modern more your style? Then a sleek column gown with a pair of sexy metallic shoes and a haute headband will do the trick. For a more vintage look, go for lace and heirloom-like details such as gloves and a brooch.

A HAIR AHEAD

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If my bridesmaids are getting their hair and makeup done, do I go before or after them?

It usually takes a pro about two to three hours to do a bride’s hair and makeup. More time may be needed if they have to make lots of adjustments or start over (which hopefully won’t happen, but you should prepare for it anyway). To save time and stress, ask bridesmaids to do their own hair and makeup, and then have your professional touch them up. Or, preferably, hire a separate person for your attendants and mom. If the pro will be working on both you and the others, you should go last so your look is nice and fresh for pictures.

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Who else sits with my fiancé and me at the reception? Do we have to sit with the wedding party?

You can sit with whomever you like. One choice is to have the honor attendants and their spouses or dates seated with the newlyweds. Some couples sit with their whole wedding party, while others choose to sit with their parents. If you go with the latter option, both sets of parents should be at your table to prevent any appearance of favoritism. If your parents are divorced, you may want to skip this and seat each set at a table of their friends and relatives (to prevent any awkwardness). Want to use dinner as a chance to steal a moment for just the two of you? You can decide on the most romantic option: the sweetheart table. >>

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I’m an out-of-state bridesmaid who can’t attend the bachelorette party. Should I still be helping the maid of honor pay for it or any related expenses? Unlike a shower where there’s usually one host responsible for footing the bill, the bachelorette party is slightly different. It’s quite common (and totally acceptable) for the maid of honor (or party organizer) to ask for contributions. Maybe offer to contribute the amount the other bridesmaids will be paying, or at least a portion. If you’re off the hook for those costs, call ahead to one of the spots where the party will be and order a bottle of champagne or some other treat for the group—on you.

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My fiancé and I secretly love the “Macarena,” but will our guests hate us if we make them do it?

One of the reasons people aren’t the biggest fans of organized dances is the song seems to go on forever. If you have your heart set on doing the “Macarena,” play 60 seconds of it, then smoothly transition into 60 seconds of “YMCA” and cap it off with 60 seconds of the electric slide. Switching songs keeps fewer people on the sidelines without slowing down the party. Ask your DJ ahead of time if they can make this dance mix. Plus with you two having so much fun, guests will be happy to join in.

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Could I recruit my wedding party to help me put our favors together, or is that expecting too much from them?

Consider your squad before seeking help. Tying dozens of tiny bows might not be everyone’s idea of a good time. But you might have a few friends who are game to help. Use the task as an excuse to get together and sip champagne, or test out your signature cocktails. Everyone will have a better time if you turn ribbon tying into a fun hangout rather than a chore.

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How soon do we have to have our wedding hashtag? It seems couples have them ready to post as soon as they’re engaged— are we late to the game if we don’t?

Couple hashtags are the best way to see all photos relating to your wedding festivities, but you certainly don’t have to be ready with one as soon as the ring is on your finger. While some to-be-weds may have found it fun or amusing to play around with different combinations of their names before they were even engaged (don’t worry—we won’t tell), it’s certainly not for everyone. You don’t even have to have a hashtag—but if you decide you do want one, don’t stress about creating it. Sometimes couples get lucky and have the perfect names for a fun play on words, but you can always use simple phrases like #SarahAndAshleyGetHitched2017 or #AndersonPartyOfTwo. Just check the hashtag before and make sure it doesn’t already have hundreds of photos attached. Tip: Adding the date always helps separate your hashtag from the rest.

SOMETHING OLD, AND NEW

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I don’t have any sentimental jewelry—what’s another option for a “something old”?

There are so many different ways to play with this tradition, so let your creativity run wild. Second dresses are much more common these days. You can wear your mother’s wedding dress for one half and a new gown for the other. If you would rather include a passed-down dress without actually wearing it, you could use the fabric to make a stunning clutch or chuppah, or place a nostalgic patch under your own skirt. An antique family car can be your getaway transportation, or you could use your parents’ wedding cake knife. And your bouquet can be wrapped in any heirloom fabric, from a close friend’s veil to a piece of a beloved grandmother’s favorite shawl. Or get innovative with your hair accessories. A vintage hairpin can be a nice touch or replicating your mother’s wedding hairstyle would make a lovely tribute.

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RANCHO MIRANDO RanchoMirando.com “The weekend could not have been more perfect! The views are breathtaking, the hacienda is unique and gorgeous, the ceremony and reception hall are magical.”

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VILLA ST. CLAIR VillaStClair.com “Villa St. Clair was such a perfect venue for my wedding day. The entire process was incredibly easy, and a lot of the stress was reduced due to Kim and her staff.”

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videographers ADAM GRUMBO WEDDING FILMS HAPPENED BY CHANCE JUSTIN RUIZ VIDEOGRAPHY LAUREN MARIA PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS RANDY DIDDLY STUDIOS

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wedding florists SWEETWATER STEMS SweetwaterStems.com “Kelli at Sweetwater Stems did an amazing job with our wedding florals! Everything was of the highest quality, creative and just what I asked for.” BELLA BY SARA BOUQUETS OF AUSTIN FLORA FETISH LLC GYPSY FLORAL AND EVENTS KITSCH EVENT STYLING PETAL PUSHERS STEMS FLORAL DESIGN+PRODUCTIONS WHIM HOSPITALITY– WHIM FLORALS WILD BUNCHES FLORAL WILD POPPY

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wedding planners HOLLOW HILL EVENT CENTER HollowHillEventCenter.com “Our guests loved the venue, and we did too!”

RUTHE JACKSON CENTER RutheJacksonCenter.com “The greatest investment and decision in my wedding planning process was choosing the Ruthe Jackson Center!” ASHTON GARDENS BARNETT ESTATES THE CASTLE AT ROCKWALL CASTLE ON THE LAKE CENTAUR ARABIAN FARMS CHAPEL AT ANA VILLA CITYPLACE EVENTS

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photo booth SHUTTERBOOTH THE TRAVELING PHOTO BOOTH– DALLAS/FORT WORTH

hair, makeup & wellness STEPHANIE NELSON MAKEUP & HAIR SNMakeupandHair.com “Stephanie is professional, organized and fun to work with. She made sure my hair and makeup was perfect and that I felt comfortable going into my wedding day.” ARTISTIC WEDDING HAIR & MAKE-UP DESIGN B.MADEBYBEBE LLC BEAUTY BY YARI BELLS AND BARBELLS–WEDDING FITNESS/PERSONAL TRAINING BROOKE HIMES HAIR DESIGN CREATIVE BEAUTÉ AGENCY (CBA) DALLAS HAIR AND MAKEUP ERIN BLAIR MAKEUP & HAIR DESIGN GLAMFACES JADE ALLEN MAKEUP ARTISTRY JM GLAMOUR JTORRY MAKEUP ARTISTRY

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THE HEIGHTS VILLA

WHITTINGTON BRIDAL

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DAN QUINN THE DRYWATER BAND ROYAL DUKES BAND

FROSTED ART BAKERY

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party rentals & service staff JC BARTENDING

gown cleaning & preservation PINSTRIPES CLEANING AND RESTORATION TAILORING BY RIOS

HOUSTON

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KrystalNicoleSalon.com “Krystal did mine and the two mothers’ hair and makeup, and perfect seems like an understatement somehow. We looked absolutely stunning.” ADORNE ARTISTRY ASHLEY ADAMS BEAUTY BEAUTY CALL HAIR & MAKEUP BELL CHIC GINNY LEE HAIR AND MAKEUP BY LIZ HAYLEY & CO. HEY LOVELY MAKEUP IRIEJADE BEAUTY JN CO MAKEUP ARTISTRY KATHY SMITH MAKEUP ARTIST MAKEUP BY KERI ANN NYOKA GREGORY BEAUTY PINK PALETTE ARTISTS SUNNY HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTRY

bridal salons WHITTINGTON BRIDAL WhittingtonBridal.com “My experience was unmatched at Whittington Bridal. No need to go anywhere else!” FIANCÉE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE IVORY BRIDAL ATELIER KRISTIN JOHNSTON BRIDAL LA REVE BRIDAL COUTURE MIA BRIDAL COUTURE THE PRINCESS BRIDAL SOMETHING BLUE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

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invitations

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photographers MONICA ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY MonicaRPhotography.com “Monica is an absolute pleasure to work with and does a FABULOUS job of catching the sweet moments and little details of your wedding day!”

STRAUGHAN PHOTOGRAPHY SanAntonioWeddingPhotography.com “Love, love, LOVE working with Chrystina! She makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera. I had so much fun with her in my bridal portrait session.” A MANY-SPLENDORED THING PHOTOGRAPHY AL GAWLIK PHOTOGRAPHY ALLISON JEFFERS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY ANETTE MIGUEL PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY ARIA PRODUCTIONS BEND THE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY CHANDRA’S COLLECTION PHOTOGRAPHY

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hair, makeup & wellness JAX STUDIO JaxStudioSA.com “I couldn’t recommend Jax Studio more. Whether you’re getting married, having pictures taken or just want to feel beautiful—this is your place. I love y’all!” GLAM ON DEMAND KHALIL AND CO. MAKEUP AND HAIR KNOT & VEIL ON LOCATION HAIR AND MAKEUP SOUTHERN TEASE HAIR & MAKEUP

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caterers HEAVENLY GOURMET, LLC HeavenlyG.com “Heavenly Gourmet was an absolute joy to work with! We loved our food, and our guests couldn’t stop talking about how great the food was.” ANNE MARIE’S CATERING BARTENDERS4YOU JIMMY LYN’S EVENTS AND CATERING

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tips from the pros Who better to give advice than the wedding pros who make your wedding day come to life? From your invitation suite to cake cutting snafus, these pros have seen it all.

We’re often asked whether or not to include children in the wedding and reception activities. A nice touch is to hire a sitter for the reception portion of the evening, utilizing the changing suites as an activity room. This way, parents and children alike can enjoy the festivities.

Take the time to visit with and get to know each of your vendors and establish a line of communication by determining how they best communicate (by text, email, etc.). Provide your vendors a way to communicate by offering a list of each vendor early on.

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For outdoor weddings, we discourage placing cakes iced in buttercream outdoors, as an air-conditioned room is the safest choice. It also means special care must be taken for a cake set up outdoors. If the cake has to be outdoors, bring it out at the last minute before serving.

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When beginning the search for your wedding gown, keep an open mind. So many times your dream gown is not what you originally pictured or thought you wanted—this is the one time you want to really explore different styles and fabrics.

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Always check with your venue to see what items they can provide at no extra cost to you. This will save you time and money in purchasing these things! Chargers, candles, lanterns, easels, baskets, pens, lighters, etc. are items that venues may have on hand and are willing to let you use.

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When preparing for a trial run, come with clean dry hair. Don’t flat iron beforehand because hair won’t curl properly. Bring along your accessories. Have photos for inspiration to share. Wear something white! Lastly, speak up—now is the time to experiment and have fun!

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300 Little Arkansas Road, Wimberley; (512) 923-2650; MontesinoRanch.com Nestled in the serene Texas Hill Country, this 225-acre escape—home to roaming miniature Hereford cattle, dwarf Nigerian goats, chickens and horses—features idyllic settings for a rustic wedding. A pavilion perched above the Montesino Mountain Preserve is perfect for your ceremony, and the Cedar Pole Barn hosts indoor receptions for up to 150. TIP Invite 18 friends and family to stay on-site in the property’s accommodations, a series of studios with stocked kitchens.

10463 Sprinkle Road, Austin; (512) 926-6907; BarrMansion.com Built in 1898, this historic Victorian mansion comes with a stunning addition: the Artisan Ballroom, an 18th-century reclaimed wood barn that features a glass facade that soars 38 feet high. The property is the first certified USDA organic special events facility in the nation, and it delights couples and their 300 guests with a full staff, rentals to accommodate nearly every need and an open kitchen producing fresh fare that’s the epitome of farm to table.

8310 Canoga Ave., Austin; (512) 484-2746; GreenGateFarms.net This certified organic farm offers a unique perk for couples: flower arrangements harvested on the wedding day. The bouquets feature what’s growing on the farm that week—flowers, herbs, vegetable scapes and even striking weeds. Celebrate with up to 80 guests in the Big Red Barn, or dine alfresco with up to 200 on a long lawn nestled between two vegetable fields. Plus, the property includes oak trees, meadows and a menagerie of farm animals. >>

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ronin farm 363 Creekside Drive, Bryan; (979) 574-8745; RoninCooking.com Armed with an education in French and Japanese cuisine, this husband-andwife team created their dream jobs: a property that serves as a beautiful venue for weddings, where all meats, poultry and produce are sourced locally from the farm and neighboring farmland. Ronin’s 15 acres offer a variety of ceremony and reception sites, including stables, several barns for dinner and dancing, and a country garden ideal for cocktails.

543 Lumkins Road, Forreston; (972) 217-9427; MilagroFarms.com Your wedding will be just peachy at this North Texas property, with 27 blissful acres of peach trees and a 3,000-squarefoot barn for your celebration. Wedding parties can make themselves comfortable in the property’s on-site bed-and-breakfast, and the farm’s catering company can whip up a locally sourced meal for up to 200. TIP Milagro will jar its delicious peach jam and citrus peach honey for your favors.

springdale farm 755 Springdale Road, Austin; (512) 386-8899; SpringdaleFarmAustin.com These five acres of sustainable urban farmland bring some country flair to the city. Beloved for their biweekly farm stand, Paula and Glenn Foore opened up a picturesque piece of their property—a pecan grove surrounded by fields, gardens and a chicken coop—for weddings. The venue provides farm tables, a fire pit, vintage bathtubs for holding drinks, an Airstream for the bridal party to get ready in and plenty of space for 150. TIP Check out the farm’s handmade apothecary products for parting gifts.

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223 Waring Welfare Road, Boerne; (830) 537-3700; WelfareTexas.com This rustic hideaway with a biergarten is a favorite among Hill Country travelers for its German-influenced menu and 400-year-old oak tree. Just 30 minutes from San Antonio, this spot provides catering from farm-raised ingredients and floral arrangements from the flower garden for your nuptials. Say “I do” along the Old Spanish Goat Trail with 200 guests, then transition to the refurbished 1890s goat barn for dining and dancing.

10600 Texas 21, Caldwell; (800) 694-8362; RoyaltyPecans.com There’s nothing more Texan than sweet, crunchy pecans, so why not celebrate among 500 acres of thriving pecan trees? The facility offers a 1,200-square-foot barn with vaulted ceilings made of cypress, windows overlooking the Brazos River Bottomland and a spacious terrace. A professional catering team will customdesign the menu, from pecan salad and pecan pie to gourmet pecan treats for your 150 guests to take home.

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Heritage Place is not just a venue. It’s a place where memories are made and treasured for a lifetime. Our chapel dates back to the late 1800s and has bared witness to many couples coming together to tie the knot. Imagine yourself in a little white church getting married to the love of your life. At Heritage Place you’ll be surrounded not only by your loved ones, but history and the coast will also partake in your special day!

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With the perfect balance of picturesque charm and modern elegance, the Brodie Homestead will provide an unforgettable backdrop for your event. Unbelievable 38-foot wooden gambrel roof ceilings, adorned with six stunning crystal chandeliers, create a spectacular setting. White draping adds a touch of softness to the barn. Natural elements of rich barn wood and white limestone combine to provide a rustic yet chic opulence.

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The Allan House is a charming, historic Victorian home built in the heart of downtown Austin in 1883. Embellished with native Texas blossoms and century-old oak trees, it is ideally suited for weddings, receptions, corporate functions and charitable events.

1104 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701 | 512.478.8653 | www.allanhouse.com

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rental owners how can a couple on tight budget save? Use items that can be flipped from ceremony to dining and reception. For example, upholstered seating during the ceremony can be used to form lounges during the reception.

what happens during the first meeting with an engaged couple? We love getting to know the couples and their dynamic and unique styles. We walk around the warehouse, which acts like a showroom with different “sets” of lounges and tables. We love seeing them light up as we start to pull together items they want to see in their own setup. Almost everyone that tours the warehouse is inspired—they know they can elevate their own wedding landscape. anything to-be-weds should bring to the first meeting? All we ask for is an open mind. Consider breaking the mold of traditional wedding style. Pinterest boards are great too. what are the most common rentals you loan out? Our Cartwright farm tables and Thibeau Bentwood chairs are our top rental items. They go together so well. The tables are custom made from vintage barn wood by a furniture maker in Nashville. Since these pieces are exclusive to us, they are always in high demand.

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Anna Crelia & Rhoda Brimberry Loot Vintage Rentals ABOUT

The duo runs an Austinbased, design-focused boutique event rental company that has everything you need for a wedding­­­­, from lounge furniture and pillows to table settings for 350 guests. ON THE WEB

LootVintage Rentals.com

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Order extra tabletop items in case one breaks or gets dirty. Always check the local events schedule, especially in such happening cities. Rental rates are higher, labor fees increase and lodging skyrockets.

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what’s your favorite lounge setup you’ve created? We are very partial to our lounge packages that we named after areas of Austin. We’re so inspired by the landscape of the city, we honored our home with these scenes. The Zilker carries an artistic, mid-century vibe loaded with color and worldly accents, while the Congress mimics the feel of a wellweathered library full of rich leather.

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what do you request the couple brings to the first consultation? They should bring anything that inspires them, and it doesn’t just have to be related to the wedding. Art, architecture, books, fashion, textiles, pottery—anything. This helps us design for them.

how can couples repurpose flowers from the ceremony to the reception? Ceremony florals can translate to the reception if they are meant to go in both spaces. Think this out during the design phase. Then, hire your florist to transport and style the florals in the second space to make sure they look as beautiful as possible.

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Adam & Alicia Rico Bows + Arrows ABOUT

With a pair of art degrees, this husband-and-wife team launched a floral company in Dallas focused on seasonal stems. To them, flowers are another artistic medium ready to be explored. ON THE WEB

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okay, a few quick ones. what’s trending? Homegrown garden roses. flower trend you can’t stand? No more baby’s breath, please! unique flower pairing? The mix of garden and tropical botanicals. flowers in your dream bouquet? Hollyhocks, clematis, bougainvillea, poppies, sweet peas, hellebores, andromeda, cattleya orchids and heirloom roses. best cost-saving tip? Go seasonal and locally grown every time. F ind more florists from your area in our directory on p. 576

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what are the best ways to personalize your flower arrangements? Include unique vessels, add in meaningful blooms and choose a custom color palette. Using seasonal florals is the best (and easiest) way to personalize. What’s in season is also what is healthiest and prettiest at that time.

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what are some creative ways to embellish invitations? We’re loving sheer vellum. You can print patterns, do wraps or add fun layers for a unique and cost-effective wow. Wax seals are also making a comeback. speaking of, what’s trending right now? We’re seeing experimentation with unexpected materials, like plastic envelopes and wood veneer or suede liners.

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An “interior designer of paper,” Wiese launched Méldeen in 2008, because she wanted to see more innovation in paper goods. She focuses on unusual materials that fuse function with style and create stationery that matches personalities. ON THE WEB

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Communicate expectations. Explain what you want and your level of involvement. Don’t have regrets. If you really want a liner or custom postage, make it happen within your budget. You won’t regret going with your gut.

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can you save money and be trendy at the same time? Yes! White ink on colored card stock is a cost-saving option, but totally on trend. It’s been years coming for printing technology. We also suggest keeping the invitation as a “big wow,” then flat-printing inserts, like using a postcard RSVP to avoid the extra envelope. Depending on the formality of the wedding, there are a few more cheats. how do you figure out what the perfect invitation style is for a couple? The hardest part is asking the right questions. It’s a challenge to interpret the words couples use to describe their ideas. “Rustic” or “elegant” or other trendy words can mean vastly different things to different people. It helps that we put together samples for them to touch and feel. Stationery options are endless, so we guide them with what might be perfect for their needs and create something that matches their day. what’s the most unique invitation suite you’ve recently completed? One of my favorites in the last year has been layered acrylic save-the-dates that included a photo layer and acrylic layer held together with industrial screws. The couple mailed them in pale gray envelopes with edging and a simple liner. I was obsessed! what’s the best part of what you do? It’s always special to see an idea come to life and deliver the finished suite.  iscover more tips and trends from D your area at TheKnot.com/texas

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how can a couple show their personalities through stationery? There are so many personal details you can incorporate: wallpaper from the venue, lace that matches your dress, leather as a nod to your family’s ranch or even a pattern that reminds you of your grandparents’ home where you spent time as a child. We love to dig deep and think beyond monograms.

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SIGN UP FOR DANCE LESSONS. DANCING TOGETHER (EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL DUMB!) CONNECTS YOU TO YOUR PARTNER AND SERVES AS A REMINDER OF WHY YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED.” —Amanda & Thadd

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“The clean lines and the beautiful landscaping made it our top pick,” Jancie says of first touring the new venue.

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Set on a final look rather than specific blooms, Janice let her florist take freedom with the centerpieces and bouquets. “I loved her style!” Janice says.

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BRIDE Janice Wilson, 31, a dermatologist GROOM Matthew (Matt) Ditzler, 29, a radiologist HOW THEY MET In medical school WEDDING STYLE Janice’s affinity for minimalist design and love for botanical details inspired the look and feel of their celebration at a local conservatory. —Meghan Overdeep

Janice knew a raw-edge, fingertip-length veil would be the perfect finishing touch for her dress. “I had loved the veil one of my bridesmaids wore for her wedding, and she was happy to let me borrow it,” she says. “One of my other bridesmaids is getting married next and is borrowing it too—it’s like the sisterhood of the traveling veil!”

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The custom invitation suite mixed botanical elements with plenty of white space for a modern effect.

A mix of round and rectangular tables topped with garlands of greenery, low floral arrangements and light grey linens maintained the airy quality of the reception space. Before grabbing glow sticks and hitting the dance floor, guests feasted on a farmto-table meal, dessert bar and three different wedding cakes. “At our cake tasting, we couldn’t decide between the delicious flavors, so we got one in each of our three favorites,” Janice says.

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The couple’s three cakes included fun flavors like champagne buttercream with fresh raspberry filling.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Hermann

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Bed Bath & Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Sur La Table; Williams Sonoma Janice couldn’t choose between a fitted satin gown and a geometric lace sheath—so she picked both. “I have no regrets—I loved the bridal quality and minimalist lines of the ceremony gown, and the reception gown was fun, unique and comfortable,” she says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Elly Austin, 31, an attorney GROOM Jason Vecchio, 31, a sales account executive HOW THEY MET At the gym WEDDING STYLE Although they love them, Elly and Jason kept the dinos at their venue from stealing the spotlight with ethereal fabrics, overflowing blooms and glam metallic accents. —MO

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has always had a very special place in Elly’s heart. Her grandfather was a geologist, and he really cemented her interest in all things prehistoric, geologic and scientific. “Although I don’t have a career that is even remotely science based, I still go there on a regular basis,” she says. “The first thing I did after Jason proposed was lock down a date!”

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Twenty-four round crystal chandeliers dangled over the couple in the ceremony space.

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Jason added a quirky touch to his dark slate-blue suit: dinosaur socks. But his really playful moment came with the groom’s cake, a four-tiered confection inspired by the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, where Jason pitched before retiring from professional sports.

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Guests toured the museum with docents during the cocktail hour, including the Hall of Texas Wildlife, before munching on freshly shucked oysters, ceviche, cinnamon cake and late night bites like truffle fries. They even took home a sweet treat: Jordan almonds to signify good luck to the newlyweds.

Elly ditched her custom lace bolero for dinner and dancing.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Leslie Gemarino, 31, an eighth grade English teacher GROOM Zachary (Zach) Schwarz, 31, a history teacher and soccer coach HOW THEY MET On Match.com WEDDING STYLE The couple drew design inspiration from their venue and crafted a charming garden wedding with soft hues and homespun details. —MO

“It felt like us—a natural and effortless location that oozed intimacy, like an elegant backyard party,” Leslie says of Tiny Boxwoods. “We also really loved the idea that it was restaurant, a place that we can come back to on an anniversary or any other random night. We could eat, have a glass of wine and stare out on the lawn, remembering our wedding day whenever we wanted to.”

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Looking to set a relaxed tone for their day, the couple nixed a traditional invitation suite and instead went for something more whimsical. “We loved that we could incorporate personal elements, like our dog, Abby, and glimpses of the venue,” Leslie says. “Guests from Houston knew right away that the setting on the invitations was Tiny Boxwoods. For our out-of-town guests, it gave them a little preview of what was to come.”

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Fresh pink peonies and blue thistle topped the naked wedding cake.

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“I loved everything about it,” Peyton says of her classic, white lace gown.

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The couple’s custom, letterpress invitation suite, complete with rose gold foil and beveled card stock, set the classic tone for the celebration. The same light tones, airy feel and refined aesthetic filled the day’s florals, attire and décor.

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The couple said “I do” in front of a 15th-century chapel on the club grounds, which the couple dressed with greenery and white blooms. It created a stunning backdrop for the traditional religious ceremony. For a treat, Christian singer Robbie Seay performed one of his hymns, “You Are Great,” for the couple.

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Rounded arrangements of white hydrangeas and roses accented with cascading greens sat atop soaring glass vases and brought guests’ eyes upward to the crystal chandeliers. While the newlyweds were sent off with sparklers, guests took home Shipley Do-Nuts for a sweet, late-night snack.

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STATIONERY Papellerie

RENTALS Events in Bloom; Pro/Sound CATERING The Clubs at Houston Oaks CAKE Who Made the Cake!

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REGISTRIES

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Meredith Mosbacher, 27, a production manager GROOM Michael Pruyn, 32, works in sales and trading HOW THEY MET At a mutual friend’s party WEDDING STYLE Bright jewel tones and pops of cornflower blue created a festive vibe for Meredith and Michael’s church ceremony and warehouse reception. —MO

“I was inspired by my love of color,” Meredith says. “I wanted the day to be festive and joyous—a celebration of love, friends and fun—and for everyone to feel comfortable, and like they could let their hair down and have fun.”

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Their wedding was the first to be held at Silver Street Studios, a warehouse-like art gallery in Houston’s hip Fourth Ward. “It’s a huge space—the size of a football field with a concrete floor and industrial roofing,” Meredith says. “I think everyone was a little leery, but I was excited to have a blank canvas.”

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Church, Houston RECEPTION SITE Silver Street Studios, Houston

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FLOWERS Events in Bloom

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ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Gallerie

Jewelers

HAIR Bride: Salon Boutique;

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STATIONERY Invitations: Houston

Invitation Service; programs & menu cards: Katie & Co.; seating chart: Papellerie Events in Bloom

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CATERING Culinaire

CAKE Who Made the Cake!

MUSIC

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Uchenna (Uche) Enwereji, 24, a respiratory therapist GROOM Christian Amadasun, 33, an engineer HOW THEY MET At a friend’s Christmas party WEDDING STYLE Uche and Christian were married in a glam, modern affair tied together with cheery pops of blue and gold. —MO

“I wanted a romantic, candlelit feel,” Uche says of her vision for the reception. They accomplished this by doubling down on candles, especially on and around their acrylic sweetheart table, and using votives on the round guest tables.

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To honor their Nigerian heritages, the couple changed into the traditional agbada and iro and buba for the reception.

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The bridesmaids accessorized their gold, one-shoulder, crystal-embellished dresses with statement earrings and traditional Nigerian headdresses. To add cultural flair, the couple also took their first spin to a song by popular Nigerian singer Banky W. “The lyrics were truly made for us!” Uche says.

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HAIR Divine Tresses Hair Salon

MAKEUP Belaan Beauty; Ife Bob-Nabena BRIDESMAID DRESSES AvaMadison

Couture, Etsy.com; Creative Inspiration MENSWEAR Groom: National Tuxedo

Rentals; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Invitations: Shine Wedding

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perfection It takes VISION and IMAGINATION to create a WEDDING CELEBRATION you can call your own.

W Nestled in the woods near the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio golf courses, Carlton Woods offers a choice of two elegant clubhouses for your wedding celebration. Our catering and event staff is dedicated to making every detail memorable. Our beautifully appointed décor, delectable cuisine, and impeccable service at The Club at Carlton Woods will delight you and your guests. Call us today to start planning a day that will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Carlton Woods...where weddings are planned to perfection.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Linda Gardner, 31, a recruiter for Glassdoor GROOM Sheyne Schubert, 32, in the US Coast Guard HOW THEY MET At University of Arizona WEDDING STYLE The zoo setting and their love for animals inspired the subtle wildlife motif Linda and Sheyne wove throughout their whimsical wedding. —MO

“Our paper products are really what set the tone and theme for our entire day,” Linda says. The invites incorporated watercolor animals and the couple’s custom peacock monogram. The same animals appeared again at the reception, both in person and in the photo booth props, menus, place cards and signage.

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LINDA & SHEYNE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. John the Divine Episcopal

Church, Houston RECEPTION SITE Houston “I have always loved the beautiful reflection pools when they’re lit up at night,” Linda says of choosing their venue. The pools created a natural centerpiece for the reception—guests dined at tables along the perimeter, and a dance floor adorned with string lights invited guests to celebrate into the night. The zoo staff also brought out a variety of animals including an anteater, tortoise and porcupine for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour.

Zoo, Houston

PHOTOGRAPHY Paige

Budde/Awake Photography Bear Hands Media Circumstance Events & Bee

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Pomp & FLOWERS Bramble

OFFICIANT Rev. Doug Richnow

GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Joan Pillow

Bridal Salon, Houston Carlsbad, CA

VEIL Archive Bridal,

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Queen

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HAIR &

The Perfect Face Plum Pretty Sugar Wearhouse

MAKEUP

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR Men’s

STATIONERY Papellerie

SIGN-IN BOOK J.Crew

RENTALS

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CATERING Nourish/Houston Zoo

CAKE Whisk Bakery

MUSIC Divisi Strings

PHOTO BOOTH Smilebooth

Shipley Do-Nuts AFC Transportation Hotel ZaZa

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bash. This could happen with any of your pros—florists, bakers or caterers. Visuals help, of course, but it’s also important to know you’re speaking the same language. Enter our wedding theme dictionary. We broke down every theme, from alternative to whimsical, with descriptions and buzzwords for each—arming you with the basics, so to speak. Remember: Style is totally up for interpretation, so these aren’t rules. Think of them as jumping-off points or guidelines. Once you know what

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Make your wedding all about you—it is your day after all. You want your guests to leave saying, “That was so them!” vintage A typewriter adds instant nostalgia to a classic guest book. art deco Sparkly dresses shout celebration. romantic Hanging florals and ambient lighting ooze romance. nautical An anchor motif paired with sailing rope sets the scene for a seaside affair. alternative A colorful celebration complete with quirky sneakers and a rainbow of blooms is sure to be remembered.

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art deco Evoking the American 1920s, especially art deco architecture (such as the Chrysler building), this wedding theme is all about spunky glitz and glam—after all, they were the roaring twenties. Energetic jazz music was the life of every party, so we highly recommend a live band to get your guests on their feet. BUZZWORDS: flashy, metallic, opulent WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Pluming white ostrich feathers spilling from centerpieces, sequined tablecloths and geometric designs decorate any art deco soiree. Arguably, the most important detail of one of these throwback parties is a champagne tower. VENUE IDEA: historic museum (bonus points for art deco architecture)

bohemian Boho style has this way of looking incredibly chic, with minimal effort. It’s the “I woke up like this” of wedding themes. The décor is humble but eye-catching and the palette is one that can be found living harmoniously in nature. BUZZWORDS: tribal, hipster, nomadic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect mismatched bridesmaid dresses that don’t look too put together and bouquets of wispy and wild florals. The reception would definitely feature a cozy lounge area, complete with tepees and poufs. The finishing touch? A naked cake covered in fresh blooms. VENUE IDEA: open field >>

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Alternative seems to have gotten a bad rap over the years, and we’re here to change that. Having an alternative wedding just means your style is unique and can’t be boxed in with other categories. These themes are often representative of subcultures such as Burning Man, Steampunk, Renaissance or Marvel comics. BUZZWORDS: quirky, creative, unique WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: The bride may wear a traditional white dress, but the bouquet or accessories would be all her own. Or she might opt for something totally different, like a multicolored gown or handmade cocktail dress. There’s definitely a themed cake with a nod to shared interests (think: your favorite Marvel character). Expect lots of quirky touches, from centerpieces to favors. VENUE IDEA: renovated movie theater

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Infuse your theme with details big and small, like a motif on your invitation or the overall vibe of your reception. alternative Let your personalities shine with a nontraditional altar or a barefoot, seaside celebration. art deco Look for a beaded gown with intricate detailing or put a twist on the signature sip with a champagne tower. bohemian Embellish your outdoor ceremony with textural elements, like macramé dream catchers, and opt for unique entertainment, like a bluegrass band.

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This is your day—make the details really reflect who you are as a couple. classic Upgrade elegant table settings with place cards and fresh stems, or choose timeless attire ensembles, like black tuxedos. country Pick a bucolic place to host your celebration (like an old barn) and add pastoral touches. Wildflower bouquets, antique trucks and cowboy boots fit the bill. DIY Create your own bunting using printed fabric in your wedding colors, or add DIY elements to your invitation suite.

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Imagine a venue filled with monochromatic décor, from the linens to the floral arrangements. There may be metallic or pastel accents, but overall the palette is light and airy with different textures thrown in to mix things up. BUZZWORDS: traditional, timeless, elegant WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Classic weddings are usually more on the formal side—they’re clean-cut affairs. That means there may be a champagne cocktail hour, chargers at each place setting and understated (but beautiful) décor like tealight candles or arrangements made up of a single floral variety. VENUE IDEA: ballroom

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Personifying the American West, country weddings are full of flavor and overflowing with charm. This style is all about celebrating your hometown and maybe throwing in some Americana flair for good measure. BUZZWORDS: Western, homespun, rural WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Cowboy boots will definitely make an appearance, and don’t be surprised if camo comes along with them. More traditional items might be swapped for ones with a stronger hometown spin (like pies from your local bakery instead of a tiered wedding cake), and a strong send-off is a must. We love a good vintage car getaway, and an old Ford pickup would be perfect for the job. VENUE IDEA: ranch

diy You can see the personalization in every detail of a DIY wedding. Whether it’s a hand-sewn pennant flag banner, homemade cookies or handwritten escort cards, the couple’s style shines through. BUZZWORDS: handmade, charming, personalized WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Details have a homemade, imperfect quality about them: a customized stamp that prints the couple’s monogram on each invitation, a handcrafted paper flower bouquet or favors packaged with personalized notes of thanks. Have a make-your-own food station (whether it’s in place of or supplementing a sit-down meal) at the reception. Think: sliders with a variety of toppings, a crepe bar or fireside s’mores for dessert. VENUE IDEA: backyard >>

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modern A modern wedding is all about exquisite simplicity. City dwellers, urbanites and design lovers gravitate to this wedding style, which skews formal but has enough playful touches to keep it from feeling too stiff or stuffy. BUZZWORDS: graphic, contemporary, cutting edge WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect a mix and match of patterns in a playful but incredibly sophisticated fashion, anchored by a streamlined color scheme. The theme is reflected in every detail from the thoughtfully chosen table linens to the specialty cocktail. A modern monogram or cool logo may be used to personalize the menus and the dance floor, while the cake will be simple but extra delicious (think: foodie ingredients and crazy flavors). VENUE IDEA: loft

nautical A celebration by the sea calls for some serious Cape Cod and Nantucket inspiration. A seafood bar, like an oyster shucking station or fresh shrimp cocktails during cocktail hour, is sure to send the right message. BUZZWORDS: preppy, navel, beachy WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Nautical hues play a huge role (everything from navy to sand is free game). Breezy linens, lighthouse décor, sea shell escort cards, fishing line lighting installations and relaxed (but slightly preppy) attire make this theme really come alive. VENUE IDEA: waterfront yacht club >>

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You can have more than two wedding colors—really! Add an accent hue or a zesty pop to any palette. glamorous Go grand with a multi-tier cake covered in pastel sugar flowers, or opt for a more monochromatic palette of white and cream. modern Bright colors mixed with a pattern makes a bold statement, while mid-century furniture is perfect for a lounge. nautical A celebration by the ocean screams maritime, especially if you include rich blue hues and a pop of coral in your color scheme.

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Romantic weddings are all about celebrating romance with barely there colors, soft lighting and ethereal details like flowing dresses with airy fabrics. Elaborate cakes, candlelight (to set the mood) and tons of florals are usually present too. BUZZWORDS: delicate, feminine, luxurious WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: We love the idea of a preceremony cocktail hour kicking things off, complete with light appetizers and flutes of sparkling rosé. The final detail: A beautifully tiered cake with an elegant cascade of sugar flowers followed by a grand exit in a classic car or a horse and carriage. VENUE IDEA: castle

rustic Rustic can mean many things, but we like to streamline it with a simple farm-to-table baseline. Textures, especially natural ones like wood and stone, are staples of this theme. BUZZWORDS: local, minimal, raw WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Low, sprawling centerpieces with flowers that look fresh from the field dress up bare wood tables. Mixed glassware styles give a hint of glamour, but the eclectic collection still feels hand-curated. Market lights create ambience while a naked cake with fresh berries tastes as good as it looks. VENUE IDEA: renovated barn >>

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Hosting an alfresco wedding? Work the landscape into the details. retro Make a memorable exit in an oldfashioned car. romantic An elegant gown with a full skirt is ultra-feminine. rustic Cream-colored draping adds a softness to a tented outdoor celebration.

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southern This elegant soiree is the epitome of Southern charm. Soft florals, sweet refreshments and amazing bites like tartlets or honey biscuits are the big players in this wedding theme. BUZZWORDS: charming, traditional, enchanting WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: A formal Southern affair calls for pulling out all the stops: bow ties, gloves, craft cocktails, traditional place settings and delicious food. Old-fashioned touches, like all-white flowers, mixed with sweet personalized details, like customized monograms, bring the day to life. VENUE IDEA: plantation

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This “of-another-time” theme is often confused with retro. The biggest differences are in the eras: Retro is more about a specific period in time while vintage alludes more to antiques and Victorian details in the general sense. BUZZWORDS: antique, throwback, heirloom WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Instead of cloths or runners, tables might be draped with delicate layers of lace. Old furniture makes the best statement, so a lounge area with classic armchairs or love seats would create the perfect ambience. A gown with lace sleeves or a three-piece suit is a nice nod to the fashion of the time. VENUE IDEA: historic courthouse

whimsical Think of a whimsical wedding as a hybrid of rustic and boho, topped with a flower crown. It’s a little more on the storybook side, but in the most tasteful way. BUZZWORDS: fanciful, enchanting, eclectic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Think: garden party mixed with Alice in Wonderland. Introduce this theme with a quirky motif on the invitations. Day-of details like mismatched bridal party dresses and thrifted china will make everything feel unique to you. VENUE IDEA: botanical garden

Personalized touches make any wedding extraordinary. southern Dress your party in elegant monochromatic gowns. vintage Choose attire that hearkens back to another era, like a beaded gown. whimsical Go for a wow factor with playful statements, like a wall of greenery.

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Use nature’s hues to guide your wedding day palette. BY LAUREN KAY Choosing wedding colors is no small task—with so many distinctive shades, deciding on the perfect duo (or trio) can be a bit overwhelming. To narrow the playing field, look to Mother Nature and let the season of your celebration influence your picks. From a spring soiree to a winter fete, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite hues. Pair them together or mix them with neutrals or metallics for a winning color scheme. >>

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french blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This gorgeous rich hue is bold enough to stand on its own. And it also pairs well with most shades, making it work for virtually any style (rustic, romantic, modern) celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, blush, emerald, mushroom, burgundy TIPS TO TRY: Ink your invites in blue or dress your bridesmaids in this flattering shade—they’ll look stellar in photographs.

peach WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This pinkish-yellow hue was

a hallmark of art deco design—it can be dressed up or down depending on the formality of your celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, lilac, dove gray, pale yellow, blush TIPS TO TRY: Start the party with a celebratory sip, like a peach Bellini, or incorporate Juliet garden roses into your bouquet.

teal WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A blue-green hue feels equal

parts fresh and classic. Use it to add a pop of color. orange, fuchsia, silver, plum, black TIPS TO TRY: Play with details, like teal drink stirrers, ribbon and bridal accessories (which can count as your “something blue”). >>

spring sage WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Despite its softness, this pale green can lead or be a strong accent. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, lilac, butterscotch, spruce, cotton TIPS TO TRY: Use sage-hued greenery in your bouquet or delight your guests with a pistachio macaron favor.

lavender WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This pastel hue is known for its

calming tendencies—it’s perfect for creating a relaxed vibe for your wedding day. PAIRS WELL WITH: silver, cream, eggplant, dusty blue, berry TIPS TO TRY: Have guests shower you in dried lavender after your first kiss as newlyweds or as part of your grand exit.

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Our glistening waterfalls, fabulous golf course views, Tuscan inspired architecture and decor provide an exclusive and luxurious setting for both intimate or large weddings and receptions, spectacular tented extravaganzas, chic events on the terrace and informal gatherings. With custom menus prepared to uncompromising standards, every event at Royal Oaks is planned to perfection.

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scarlet WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: An eye-catching shade, red is often associated with passion and joy. PAIRS WELL WITH: beige, copper, sky blue, lime, ash TIPS TO TRY: Add scarlet pillows to lounge furniture or cut into a rich, red-velvet cake for a surprising pop of color.

seafoam WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Perfect for seaside celebrations,

this greenish-blue hue is soft but gender neutral. ivory, coral, crimson, pewter, magenta TIPS TO TRY: You’ll be hard-pressed to find florals in this shade, so try incorporating it into your wedding party attire (bridesmaid dresses, pocket squares or bow ties). PAIRS WELL WITH:

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summer rose WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This soft pink screams romance—plus it pairs flawlessly with metallics and stronger hues, balancing its femininity. PAIRS WELL WITH: white, gold, chocolate, sky blue, peach TIPS TO TRY: So many stems come in this shade of pink, from tea roses to ranunculus. Adorn a naked cake with a few fresh blooms.

canary yellow WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A happy hue such as yellow gives levity and cheer to any color scheme. PAIRS WELL WITH: peacock blue, flamingo, navy, grape, teal TIPS TO TRY: For a bold hit, layer tables in yellow linens. Use the hue in your day-of paper or serve a lemon-flavored sip.

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WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This golden tone of orange is bright and playful, a great match for a casual or whimsical celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: hot pink, lilac, kelly green, rose gold, snow TIPS TO TRY: Include tangerines or other citrus fruits in your centerpieces for a tropical vibe. >>

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royal blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A cool, saturated hue is the

perfect match for cooler temps. It’s also a universally flattering shade to wear and looks great in décor. PAIRS WELL WITH: cherry red, silver, melon, steel, marigold TIPS TO TRY: Add colored glassware to your table settings or opt for watercolor or patterned escort cards.

hunter green WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This earthy hue transcends formality, mixing with neutrals for a rustic vibe or gold and cream for a more formal palette. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, caramel, amber, terra-cotta, azure TIPS TO TRY: Load your bouquet and centerpieces with fresh greenery, or include the hue in your welcome bags.

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WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: If you’re looking for a sophisticated yet approachable color, this fits the bill. PAIRS WELL WITH: walnut, copper, butter, pistachio, bisque TIPS TO TRY: Incorporate grape into your day-of paper, like ceremony programs, escort cards and favor tags. >>

fall WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This saturated hue adds instant

warmth to a wedding palette. PAIRS WELL WITH: eggplant, cream, butter, bronze, mint TIPS TO TRY: Play up this rich hue in your menu—from butternut squash to hot toddies, there are a plethora of seasonal choices.

maroon WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Deep reds make a bold

statement. Soften with a barely there blush or a more formal mix of sparkly metallics. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, gold, topaz, navy, tan, lilac TIPS TO TRY: A velvet maroon jacket is an elegant look for him. Or berries can give your florals texture and depth.

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dark eggplant WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This jewel tone gives off sophistication, richness and warmth. PAIRS WELL WITH: ruby, sand, navy, charcoal, emerald TIPS TO TRY: Have a cascade of eggplant sugar flowers on your cake, or choose a patterned linen runner for dining tables.

silver WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This shade can go glitzy

(think: sparkly metallic) or be a luminous neutral. cranberry, sapphire, juniper, frost, pineapple TIPS TO TRY: Ask your bridesmaids to don a pair of glittery heels or accent your tables with candelabras or mercury glass vases. PAIRS WELL WITH:

steel blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: An almost-neutral blue, this

hue is perfect for adding a hint of color to a celebration. pearl, garnet, slate, copper, sage TIPS TO TRY: Since blue florals are hard to come by, tie a cascading ribbon to the stems of your bouquet, include the hue in a custom monogram or use pillar candles on your dining tables. PAIRS WELL WITH:

winter ivory WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A timeless neutral is a total win—this one has warm undertones, which makes it perfect for winter nuptials. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, gray, lapis, ebony, moss TIPS TO TRY: Don an ivory gown (more flattering than white for most skin tones) or opt for a classic ivory-frosted cake.

cherry red WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This happy hue is synonymous with romance and passion. PAIRS WELL WITH: fog, chartreuse, sky blue, gold, linen TIPS TO TRY: Tuck your invites into red envelopes to get guests’ attention, or mix red roses into your floral arrangements.

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Cindy’s Palace

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Come out to tour our facility—a premier banquet facility located in the heart of Richmond, Texas. Our venue is 14,000 square feet of pure European elegance, complete with luxurious Italian crystal chandeliers, which illuminate the spacious dance floor. Enjoy our private bridal suite, state-of-theart sound system including dance lights, projectors and dropdown screens, and private parking with ample lighting—all designed with you and your guests in mind.

Cindy’s Palace also offers: • A SPACIOUS PATIO • ABILITY TO ACCOMMODATE 500 SEATED GUESTS • IN-HOUSE CATERING • GROOM’S ROOM • ELEGANT BRIDAL SUITE • PORCELAIN TILE FLOORING

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how to avoid a “pin-dictable” wedding Find the most inspiring images out there and pin until your heart’s content—but don’t throw a copycat celebration. Follow these expert tips for a one-of-a-kind event. BY ANDREA FOWLER PHOTOGRAPH BY LEVI STOLOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Settling on a style for your wedding can be hard, especially when your thoughts are tangled up in contradictions: You want it to be trendy, but also timeless; reflective of your tastes, but impressive to your guests as well. Allison Aronne, wedding planner, producer and partner at Fête NY, says there’s a huge difference between “trendy” and “personalized.” Here’s how you can achieve both. >>

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spin the trends “Incorporating trendy ideas into your wedding is very different than personalizing it,” Aronne says. “Pinterest is oversaturated, so we begin to see the same common threads in everyone’s weddings.” While you can totally find wedding inspo on Pinterest (we do it all the time), the key ingredient that makes your wedding memorable is the way you spin those details—really make the trends your own. Love Moscow Mules? Instead of serving your signature sip in a copper mug, opt for unique glassware.

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“Pull personalization from the place where you’ll say ‘I do.’ Every city has something unique about it—incorporate a regional element into your wedding day.”

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save your inspiration The easiest way to make the celebration about you two is to begin by thinking big picture. Do you both envision something romantic, modern or whimsical? “Start by pulling images of interior spaces you love to be in, whether that’s hotels, restaurants or barns. Create an inspiration gallery that can later be shared with your designer, planner or photographer,” Aronne says. And they shouldn’t all be wedding pins—mix in images of things that inspire you, like the vibe of a place or the pattern of kitchen titles. “Your board should ultimately reflect your lifestyle,” she adds. When you’re pinning, think about why you’re drawn to a specific image. It will help you hone in on your personal style.

make it about you two Pinterest is a great place to generate ideas. As you save images, you’ll start to see themes emerge—tap into those. Then think about ways to make them represent who you are as a couple. If you both love nature and hike together on the weekends, send guests home with a special blend of trail mix. If you share a culture, add a ritual or tradition into your ceremony. Or pay homage to your heritage by incorporating family heirlooms into the reception (think: grandparents’ cake topper or your parents’ toasting flutes). Even fun nods to your favorite things (like a wall of soft pretzels with artisanal mustard) will infuse originality into your day. >>

get organized

Stay on top of your to-do list with one of these wedding helpers.

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keep every piece of paper, receipt and swatch THE BASICS This is the best way to keep your wedding ideas, notes and contracts all in one place. Use dividers to separate sections and make finding entries simple.

doesn’t want stacks of paper clutter THE BASICS Save all images and ideas virtually, and use web-based tools to track todos and guests. You can even scan all contacts and save them in a folder accessible from any device. Download our Wedding Planner by The Knot app to get started.

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BEST FOR Busy people who don’t have lots of time to organize their papers THE BASICS Keep a container for storing samples of invites or favors, or clips of images you like. That way they’ll all be in one place, and when you’re done collecting, you can easily pick out favorites.

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send clever invites Start strong with your invite—it’s the first impression guests will have of your wedding day. “Mail blank RSVP cards asking guests for a creative reply. You’ll receive some really interesting drawings, fun photos and touching notes,” Aronne says. Want to take it one step further? “Display the most creative replies on a board during the wedding reception. No one can re-create this—they were all made specifically for you,” she notes.

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When it comes to the actual “I dos,” couples are opting to make up their own traditions. Ask a friend or family member to officiate, invent an out-of-the-box unity ceremony or celebrate a cultural or family tradition. The program is anther great place to infuse your individuality. Add a heartfelt thank-you note to your guests, or include a jovial who’s who of the wedding party. You could even use the back for a little fun and games (think: a crossword puzzle) to keep guests busy until things get started. Bottom line: Make the ceremony about you.

create experiences

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The true secret to an unforgettable wedding are the experiences guests have. Try engaging their five senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell) throughout the night—maybe through a few stunning floral arrangements, luxe linens and dinner napkins, or surprise entertainment like professional dancers, live music during the cocktail hour or a sommelier on hand to recommend hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings at a special satellite bar. You don’t need to splurge on everything, just choose one that pairs well with your likes and interests. You want guests to recognize right away that this wedding detail is so you.

Pull inspiration from the place where you’ve chosen to tie the knot. “Every city has something unique about it, so incorporate one or some of these elements into your day,” Aronne says. “For a Hamptons wedding, we had Long Island oyster shuckers stationed at the raw bar, and paired the oysters with local craft beers.” This is a great way to make the celebration special and unique to you. Add some local flair to your welcome bag or send guests home with a parting regional favor. Get more style tips at TheKnot.com/style

wedding themes

No theme, no problem. Anything can inspire the vibe of your day.

If you long for a bygone era, infuse your wedding with elements of your favorite decade (think: fifties, roaring twenties). You don’t have to have a period wedding, just borrow elements.

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A single element, like a painting you love, a favorite flower or a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding dress that conveys a vintage meets romantic vibe can set the tone for your day.

your passions

What interests or (healthy obsessions) really say who you are as a couple? Maybe you’re nature lovers who hike on the weekends, or hometown sports junkies who never miss a game.

the seasons

The time of year can totally influence your wedding food, music, flowers, favors, decorations and even wardrobe. Let the season lead the style choices for your celebration.

going green

Infuse your wedding with your passion for the planet by using ecofriendly elements, a locally sourced, seasonal organic menu or an outdoorsy setting. Or pair this vibe with another theme.

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hot trends to make your own From dangling décor to portrait booths and gifting lounges, here are the ideas we’re really loving for the year ahead. BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH LIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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We’re all about a personalized wedding, but we also really love a good trend. So we’ve rounded up our favorite ideas to steal for an of-the-moment celebration. And yes, a few of these trends could blow your whole budget, but there are infinite ways to pull inspiration from these ideas and spin them to match your style (and wallet).

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Animal lovers take note: The hottest wedding guests have four legs and supersoft coats. From bunnies to donkeys, couples are incorporating more than just their pets into their weddings. This is a trend to try if you’re hosting a rustic soiree or celebrating in a picturesque barn.

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Sparkly gowns—gold, silver and metallic beading—flooded the bridal runways. The ball gown is making a comeback too, perfect for a formal evening wedding. Also hot? Breezy silhouettes and airy skirts. These effortless dresses (think: flowing fabrics like tulle and organza) have an ethereal vibe and are well suited for a destination affair or even a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder styles are making their way down the aisle as well. >>

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unique invitations Get your guests excited to celebrate from the very beginning with wedding correspondence that stands out. Plexiglass invites, foil stamping and glow-in-the-dark ink are a few of the stationery trends we’re loving right now. Bespoke illustrations and bold envelopes (think: shocking fuchsia with white ink) are other ways to get noticed.

grand getaways Think of this exit as a fresh take on the classic sparkler send-off. Surprise your guests with an unexpected getaway on the back of a motorcycle, in a horse-drawn carriage or by helicopter. For a twist on the trend, have a really memorable entrance instead. Anything goes—and just think of the photo ops.

games galore

COLOR COMEBACK

the gift lounge

color comeback

This deconstructed welcome bag is perfect for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering a gift for your guests, let them do the work—they’ll be glad you did. Set up a room full of swag (snacks, drinks, local treats) and guests can choose their favorite things. Best of all, you (or your family or wedding party) can greet guests in person when they arrive. If your friends and family are split between a couple of hotels, set up a table of goodies at the exit of your welcome party for a truly memorable party favor.

Neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to color. Expect to see pops of bold shades and bright pairings. Pantone named greenery the Color of the Year—it’s vibrant and earthy, making it perfect for all seasons. This fresh hue is symbolic of “the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. We expect to see this shade of green in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens.

asking for what you really want From cash to mountain bikes and even museum memberships, we love that couples can ask for just about anything under the sun these days—including nothing at all. Charity registries are on the rise along with experiences, like a pottery class or private cocktail session with an expert mixologist. Don’t worry, you can still register for classic wedding gifts like fine china, upgraded cookware and that fancy espresso machine you’ve had your eye on for years. Or do both!

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Classic aisles will always be popular, but couples are adding twists to the traditional ceremony. A circular seating setup or ceremony in the round gives guests a more intimate connection with your vows. Cocktails before your “I dos”? Why not! Couples are mixing up the timeline and kicking things off with a celebratory sip. >>

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In an effort to entertain guests, couples are turning to the tried and true: games. From interactive Mad Lib wedding programs to croquet at outdoor cocktail hours, games are being used as a way to break the ice between guests. This playful detail will get your friends and family mingling.

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GOING GREEN

Décor trends are going au naturel. If you can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add some oversize potted trees to a ballroom for an instant forest effect. Or incorporate natural elements like wood and stone into your table settings. Greenery (not just the color) continues to trend—it’s easy to manipulate and can give your décor an undone but beautiful look. Bouquets are getting bigger too and some old-school styles, like cascade and pageant, are making a serious comeback.

a movable feast With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is being replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on the expected.

fun food presentations Menus are being carefully curated with favorite eats and local specialties. But the presentation is almost upstaging the food. Self-serve bars and food installations, like a hanging acrylic shelf piled high with hors d’oeuvres, are instant wows. These interactive stations will give your friends and family something to do, and talk about long after the wedding has ended. >>

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The latest in lounge seating is swings. This playground classic promises to be a big hit with wedding guests both young and old. And it’s the perfect way to stay in motion when your feet need a break from the dance floor. Seating in general is trending, with couples opting for “king” and “queen” chairs at a sweetheart table, or mix-and-match options for outdoor ceremonies. >>

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image mapping Turn your indoor reception venue into an enchanted forest without uprooting a single tree. Image mapping is a projection technology that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. You can change scenes too, giving your ceremony and reception each its own special vibe. On a budget? Use the technology on just your wedding cake.

double-duty escorts Escort cards are like the save-the-dates of your wedding day— they don’t have to match your theme or style. They’re the perfect place to be playful and infuse your celebration with your personalities or favorite things. Create a dramatic display that can double as a photo booth backdrop or cards that are also party favors, like splits of champagne or a boxed edible treat.

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Hanging accents are an instant wow factor, and they always get noticed. Suspend flowers from ceiling beams or string market lights from barn rafters for added ambience. Hanging décor will get guests looking up too, which is handy if you’re trying to downplay the venue’s color-clashing carpet. Towering candelabras and organic centerpieces continue to be popular table décor.

translucent cakes Not quite frosted, not quite bare, the almost-naked cake is a perfect blend of two styles, and ideal for a less formal celebration. These confections are usually packed with flavor, lightly iced in buttercream and topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake.

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party portraits We’re loving the new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. Much like a photo booth, there’s a designated space and, in some cases, props. But instead of four rapid-fire shots, there’s a live photographer asking you to “vogue” for the camera. You get beautiful images of your family and friends and they get a stellar classic portrait, perfect for their gallery wall. Vintage-loving duos might opt for an illustrator instead, who can sketch guests in their finest duds. Meanwhile, Geofilters are joining hashtags as the hottest way to be social with photos at weddings (#duh).

Give your guests an evening they won’t soon forget with unparalleled entertainment. Think outside the box with an aerialist, a live painter or a choir belting out your favorite Beyoncé song. An artist can capture the scene and commemorate the day—fun entertainment for your guests and a keepsake for you. Or go the more traditional route with music, but pair it with a performance, like a classical quartet and ballerinas in tutus. If you have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale, host a silent disco: A DJ spins music, but instead of it blasting from speakers, your guests don a pair of headphones and dance (and sing along) in relative silence. We’re kind of obsessed. DOUBLE-DUTY ESCORTS

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Your invites are one of the most important elements of your wedding because they provide guests with a lot of crucial information. And while many details of your day don’t follow a strict set of rules, your invitations do have some guidelines worth noting. See all of the answers to your most pressing wedding invite questions below.

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when should we make the deadline for RSVPs? Make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding— this will allow enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) and to finalize your seating chart. If some guests still haven’t responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs (still via mail) so you have all their information. where do we include information about our wedding website? Your wedding website should be included on your save-the-date. Don’t have one yet? Create your free site at TheKnot.com/website. If you’d like (or if you aren’t sending save-the-dates), you can include the web address in the formal invitations with an insert—a small card that informs guests they can go online for more details. can we include our registry info on our invitations or save-the-dates? In a word, no. Including registry info on the wedding invitations or save-the-dates is still considered impolite because it can come off as though you’re asking for gifts. Tell your wedding party, parents and close friends where you’re registered, and let them fill everyone in. Plus, most guests will know that all that extra information (that they didn’t find on the invitation) is on your wedding website. we’re having an adults-only wedding (no kids). how can we make sure this is clear to our guests? Address your invitations correctly—to each guest by name, not “and guest”—and guests should understand the invite is meant for only those mentioned. If you find that some reply with their children’s names added, give them a call and explain that you’re

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having an adults-only wedding and you hope they can still attend. If there are a lot of kids in your family, you may want to consider hiring or arranging for a babysitter. It’s definitely not required, but it’s a nice gesture. Just be sure to include this information on your wedding website.

how do we let guests know our dress code? The easiest way to get your point across is to include a dress code in the lower right-hand corner of the invite or on a reception card; “black-tie,” “cocktail attire” or “casual attire” are all acceptable. Your invitation design will also clue guests in. An ultra-formal, traditional invite with letterpress and calligraphy will give guests a hint to the formal nature of the event, whereas a square invite with a playful font and bright colors would fit a much more casual style. Another way is to direct guests to your wedding website, where you can go into more detail about the weekend events and dress code in a more informal forum. do we have to invite every guest with a “plus-one”? No, you don’t have to. If a guest isn’t married or in a serious relationship, it’s perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. Most will understand that without an “and Guest” or another name on the invitation, it means they aren’t invited with a plus-one. While it’s always nice to invite everyone with a guest, if you’re having a small wedding, your family and friends should understand your reasoning. What to do if a guest RSVPs for two? Call them and explain you’re having an intimate celebration and, unfortunately, you were not able to invite everyone with a guest. But if you realize that nearly everyone will be coupled up, extend a plus-one invitation to your few single friends and family. >>

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when should we send out our wedding invitations? Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding—that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town. If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months before the day. Most couples also send out save-thedates. Those get mailed six to eight months in advance.

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where do you put the return address? The return address usually goes on the back flap of the envelope, and it should be that of the person(s) whom you’ve designated to receive response cards. This could be either your parents or you (traditionally, whomever is hosting the wedding handles response cards). Don’t forget that the RSVP envelope should also be printed with this address and should include postage. if our wedding reception is only for immediate family, is it okay to invite more people just to the ceremony? Not really. By inviting guests to one and not the other, you’re basically saying you want them there for the actual ceremony but you either don’t want to pay for their plate at your party or don’t care enough to have them there to actually celebrate your newly-married status. Sorry!

paper planning Here’s what you need to order for your stationery and when.

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I invited my friend and her boyfriend (by name on the invite) to the wedding, but they recently broke up. Now she wants to bring a friend I don’t like—can I tell her no? Because you worded the invitation correctly by including her boyfriend’s name on the envelope (not “and guest”), etiquette wise, you have every right to say no. As a rule, invitations are nontransferable when people are invited by name. Try explaining that you’d prefer that the wedding be limited to family and good friends—just be prepared for a discussion.

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Our ultimate flower guide—45 blooms to be exact—includes details on seasonality, color and price for the most coveted wedding botanicals. BY ANDREA FOWLER PHOTOGRAPH BY DEVON JARVIS

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Choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and petals that match your color palette isn’t always easy—especially if you can’t tell a dahlia from a daisy. Here’s everything you need to know about the most popular wedding flowers. >>

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These flowers have small, bright blooms that grow in clusters and often feature freckled petals. They’re best used as a backdrop to primary flowers. And they’re super long lasting. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, lavender, purple, flecked

amaryllis If you want wow, this impressive flower is for you. It features large, trumpet-shaped blossoms that open in succession at the top of its extralong stalk. Grown from a bulb, the amaryllis originated in the tropical rain forests of Africa and South America. A more costly stem, these flowers are long lasting and offer a lot of drama in a bouquet or centerpiece. season: November to April cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, green, pink, red, burgundy

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anemone Greek mythology has two legends about the anemone. These jewel-toned flowers were said to have sprung up from the blood that was shed by Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis, when he died. The ancient Greeks also believed that Zephyrus, the god of the west wind, favored the bloom, hence its other name: windflower. Though unscented, this relative of the peony and ranunculus is sought after for its vibrant magenta, red and purple hues. Just a few bright blooms can add a pop of color to bouquets and arrangements. season: November to May; primarily spring cost: $$$ colors: white, pink, purple, magenta, burgundy

bouvardia This flower is perfect for filling out a classic wedding bouquet or centerpieces. It has clusters of small, star-shaped blossoms bursting from a leafy green stem. It’s delicate, cost effective and totally romantic. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, peach, pink, red

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calla lily Also known as the arum lily, this trumpetshaped blossom originated in Africa and symbolized “magnificent beauty” to the Victorians. Two types are commonly available: one with a large head and a long, smooth stem, suitable for tall arrangements or presentation bouquets; and a miniature version ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres. season: year-round, winter to late spring is the peak cost: $$$ colors: ivory, yellow, orange, light pink, dark pink, red, dark burgundy

camellia A symbol of loveliness and beauty, this multipetaled relative of the tea plant was originally from China. The flower had a notable role in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata. In the story, a courtesan named Violetta always wore a white camellia, except for the few days of the month when she was “not available” and donned a red camellia instead. season: late winter to early spring, fall cost: $ colors: white, cream, pink, red

carnation Don’t turn up your nose at the carnation— this long-lasting flower is full of possibilities. The ruffled heads offer an inexpensive way to bring lushness and color to bouquets and arrangements. When massed, they also make a pretty arrangement of their own. Today, more than 300 species (in large, single blooms and miniature spray varieties) are available. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, also bicolors and flecked

chrysanthemum About a thousand varieties of long-lasting, versatile mums can be found in single stems or sprays. What the chrysanthemum lacks in sweet perfume, it makes up for in a range of colors. season: year-round, peak in late summer and fall cost: $ colors: white, yellow, green, orange, russet, red, burgundy >>

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Named the coxcomb due to its resemblance to a rooster’s comb, this vibrant flower makes a statement. It looks brilliant when cut short and used en masse as a centerpiece. season: late summer to late fall cost: $ colors: yellow, green, orange, pink, crimson

cornflower In medieval lore, it was believed that a girl who placed a cornflower beneath her skirt could have any bachelor she desired—which is perhaps how the flower acquired its other name, bachelor button. This inexpensive stem is perfect for casual and outdoor celebrations. It comes in a wide variety of shades, great for mixing in arrangements. Its button head (and historic story) make it a shoe-in for boutonnieres. season: summer to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, pink, blue

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cosmos Hoping to capture the look of a summer garden in full bloom? Cosmos is the stem for you. This daisylike flower grows in shades of pink and magenta on long stems with feathery foliage. A striking chocolate color is also available and can be used to create rich, late-summer arrangements. season: mid-summer to fall cost: $$ colors: white, pale pink, dark pink, chocolate

daffodil (also know as narcissus, paperwhite or jonquil) Shakespeare and Wordsworth both created rhapsodies about this humble and happy bulb flower. Perhaps it’s so well liked because its cheery yellow bloom is one of the first to appear after winter’s frost subsides and spring is on its way. The daffodil is a flower of true variety: Its blooms can be single or multiple, with large or small cups, in solid colors or in combinations of white and yellow with touches of orange. season: November to April cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, apricot, orange

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dahlia These bold, bushy flowers have a history as dramatic as their appearance. Conquistadors found the dahlia in the gardens of the Aztecs and caused a sensation when they brought the flower back to Europe. As the dahlia gained popularity, the pursuit of its potato-like tubers was conducted with intrigue and deception—dahlia tubers were reportedly stolen even from the garden of the Empress Josephine. season: summer to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple

daisy You may find the daisy a fitting flower for your wedding if you plucked its white petals in a game of “he loves me, he loves me not” as a child. Generally available year-around, the affordable stem is a lovely and whimsical flower, well suited for a casual wedding. season: year-around, peak summer to early fall cost: $ color: white

delphinium (also known as larkspur) A beloved classic in English flower beds, the delphinium has towering spires and clustered florets. The delphinium lends a country-garden feel to wedding arrangements while adding height and drama. Delphiniums can be found year-round, but most colors are at their peak from summer to early fall. season: year-round, peak June to October cost: $$ colors: white, pink, lavender, purple, blue

dutch tulip Widely available, this flower shouldn’t be overlooked just because it’s fairly common; its versatility and vast range of colors make it a wonderful flower at weddings (especially when clustered on its own). Dutch tulips have shorter stems and smaller blossoms than the French tulip. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, purple >>

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french tulip Large, tapered heads spring from graceful stems in this elegant variety. The extra-long stems can be 12 inches or longer, which makes the French tulip a natural for presentation bouquets or minimalist centerpieces. More expensive than the Dutch variety, the French tulip is most often seen in pastel hues. season: Summer to early fall cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, pink, blue

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gardenia Surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves, the exquisite gardenia exudes a very sultry and heavy scent. It was this intoxicating fragrance that captivated an English sea captain traveling through South Africa in 1754, prompting him to bring home one of the native plants as a souvenir. But the delicate, creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise easily, so handle with care. Carry a few as a posy or wear one as a corsage. season: year-round cost: $$$ color: ivory

gerbera This graphic flower is so flawless in its form that it almost doesn’t look real. Grown in the hottest climates of Asia and Africa, the gerbera is a year-round gem that comes in a crayon-box range of colors—nearly 350 intense shades are available, including bright orange, pink, red, yellow and burgundy. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red >>

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a cheat sheet for centerpieces Foolproof tips for your table arrangements.

the basics

• Your centerpieces should match the proportions of the reception space.

• They should make sense for the size of your tables (long tables call for multiple arrangements; round tables, smaller ones).

• They should be the right height for conversation (tall enough or short enough that they don’t block guests’ views).

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• The highest arrangement shouldn’t go above the shortest adult’s chin.

• Low arrangements call for big blooms—you might need the wow factor.

• Use color or texture, or both, to make the arrangement pop.

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• The lowest flower in an arrangement should be about two to three feet above the table.

• Blooms don’t have to be big, but they should soar (think: branches or orchid sprays).

• Stick to simple vessels, like clear vases, so all eyes are drawn up.

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A favorite of perfumers for its fresh, fruity scent, freesia packs a lot of fragrance in just a few blossoms. A couple of stems are all you need to sweeten your bouquet, but avoid using freesia in your centerpieces (the scent may interfere with your dinner menu). The green buds clustered along the thin, arched stem open gradually into delicate flowers. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: most colors are available, except for blue

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Standing tall and proud, the gladiolus has a spiky stem with large florets that open in succession. Miniature varieties with fewer blooms are also available. Full stems can be used to add height to arrangements, while the individual florets can be made into boutonnieres. The flower’s name is derived from the Latin word for sword, gladius, after the shape of its leaves. season: year-round, peak during summer cost: $ colors: white, yellow, green, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, lavender, purple

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While technically not of the lily family (it grows on a climbing vine, not from a bulb), this flower’s refluxed petals and stamens bear a resemblance to those of actual lilies. Generally pinkish red and tipped with yellow, the gloriosa, or Rothschild lily, adds a tropical punch to bouquets and arrangements. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: red with yellow edges

grape hyacinth (also known as muscari) Grape hyacinth gets its name from the shape of its flower and perhaps from its mild, sweet scent. Sometimes called muscari, grape hyacinth is available in greenish white but is most often seen in a pretty purplish blue. This springtime bulb flower can be expensive, so it is best used as an accent or massed in small bunches. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white-green, blue-purple

hyacinth In ancient mythology, Hyacinthus was a figure in a tale of tragic love. Today, we know this stocky bulb flower as a fragrant signature of spring. The hyacinth’s scent is strong, so less is more in centerpieces and arrangements. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, peach, pale pink, fuchsia, lavender, purple, blue

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hydrangea With its big, bushy head and intense colors, a stem or two of this moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets. And it’s one of the few blue blooms. season: July to November cost: $$ colors: white, green, pink, burgundy, purple, blue

iris This unusually shaped flower has been admired by many throughout history. Ancient Greeks associated it with their gods, and ancient Egyptians linked it to their pharaohs. To the medieval Europeans, it signified chivalry and served as a model for the French fleur-de-lis symbol. The most common varieties are the Dutch iris, the graceful Siberian iris, and the large “bearded” iris, all grown in numerous shades of white, yellow and purple. season: year-round, peak in spring and early summer cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, purple

lily of the valley Their fresh, perfumelike scent is unmistakable, and it’s hard to believe such a delicious fragrance can come from such tiny flowers. With its bell-shaped florets dangling from a thin stem, lily of the valley is sometimes called “the ladder to heaven.” In Norse mythology, the flower is linked to Ostara, the goddess of springtime, and while most plentiful during this season, it remains available—and expensive—year-round. Most people only know of the white variety, though a very rare rosy pink exists too. season: year-round in limited quantities, peak in spring cost: $$$$ colors: white, pale pink (rare)

lisianthus This cupped flower somewhat resembles a rose or ranunculus that’s missing a few petals. Lisianthus boasts multiple blossoms and buds on a single stem and has a slight peppery scent. Its wide range of colors makes it an excellent choice as a secondary flower for bouquets and arrangements. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, cream, pale green, peach, pink, lavender, purple >>

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ornithogalum (also know as chincherinchee and star of bethlehem) This flower is known particularly for its ability to open in the morning and close in the evening. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, ivory, yellow, orange

parrot tulip Also known as the Rembrandt or parakeet tulip, this showy bloom is noted for its ruffled, striped petals in intense colors. Some varieties feature fringe-tipped petals for added drama. season: November to May cost: $$$ colors: white/green, yellow, orange/green, pink/green, red

peony The peony is showy in its lush and full-headed structure, sweet perfume and bright colors. A relative of the ranunculus and the anemone, the peony is available in two main types: the herbaceous and the tree. season: spring; imported, scentless variety available in fall and winter cost: $$$$ colors: white, cream, peach, pink, burgundy

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phlox Perhaps phlox’s popularity at weddings is due to its meaning: “unification of the souls.” With large clusters of small-petaled, disk-shaped blossoms atop branching stems, phlox provides a lush backdrop for featured flowers in a bouquet or arrangement. season: June to November cost: $ colors: white, orange, pink, red, purple

queen anne’s lace Known for the flower head’s similar appearance to lace, this wildflower symbolizes “protection.” It adds texture to all-white arrangements and is a great filler choice. season: spring to early fall cost: $ colors: white, green

ranunculus Looking for a cost-effective alternative to the rose and peony? Try the lush, multi-petaled ranunculus. This flower was first seen by Westerners in the Far East around the 13th century. Available in practically every color, the ranunculus features several blossoms and a whimsical stem with fernlike foliage. season: November to April cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink

rose Is it any wonder that roses rank as the most beloved of wedding flowers? Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, legend has it that Cleopatra seduced both Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony with the flower. A wide variety of the flower exists, including unique and fragrant hybrid stems like the Juliet garden rose. They come in various sizes too. Their accessibility means roses can be surprisingly affordable. However, the price of this bloom goes up around key flower-giving holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. season: year-round cost: $$$ colors: white, cream, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, lavender >>

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orchid Sexy and exquisitely gorgeous, thousands of species of orchids are cultivated worldwide. A full spray can be used in bouquets and arrangements, or a simple blossom can be plucked to make an exotic boutonniere. The most common wedding stems include: cymbidium (usually green; popular, yet expensive; durable yet perishable in cold temperatures), dendrobium (sweetly scented; used in classic Hawaiian leis), oncidium (often referred to as “spray orchids”; they come on slender long branches), vanda (summer-blooming; comes in a rare, yet stunning bluish purple) and phalaenopsis (popular and widely used; usually comes in white and purple). season: year-round cost: $$$$ colors: white, yellow, green, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy

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It’s not hard to figure out how the scabiosa, with its tufted head atop a long, wiry stem, got its other name, pincushion. This enchanting flower is right at home tucked in between showier blooms. After the stem blooms, the scabiosa pod is equally as beautiful. It’s often used in rustic, wild-looking bouquets for a touch of organic whimsy. season: spring to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, burgundy, lavender

stephanotis The name stephanotis means “marital happiness,” making the flower an obvious choice for weddings. The star-shaped, waxy florets grow on a flowering vine, and each must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be used in a bouquet or boutonniere. season: year-round cost: $ color: white

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stock Rising from a tall stem, stock has dense clusters of small single- and double-blossomed flowers. Stock first became known outside of the Mediterranean region toward the end of the Middle Ages. Stock is valued for its use as a complementary flower and its fragrant, spicy, clovelike scent. It comes in a wide variety of colors, making it a popular addition to arrangements. season: year-round, peak in spring and summer cost: $ colors: white, yellow, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, purple

sunflower The head of the sunflower follows the sun as it moves across the sky, a trait that undoubtedly inspired its symbolism: “adoration” and “loyalty.” Bold and flashy, with raylike petals and disk-shaped dark centers, the sunflower is most at home at informal weddings, like outdoor or barn celebrations. It comes in warm colors, from golden yellow to deep reddish brown. season: May to November, peak in summer cost: $ colors: pale lemon, deep gold, orange, russet, brown

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sweet pea The sweet pea was first brought to England from Sicily in 1699. Its sweet scent and rugged blossoms grown on a spindly green vine make this flower an old-fashioned favorite. season: November to June cost: $$ colors: white, cream, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, lavender, purple

tuberose A native of Mexico, the tuberose has a very strong scent. Its white, trumpet-shaped florets grow in clusters and open gradually, while the closed buds have a pink or green tinge. It’s most commonly used as a secondary flower in arrangements. season: summer to fall cost: $$ colors: ivory, pink

tweedia Best used as an accent flower, these cheery, star-shaped blossoms grow on climbing branches. While available in white and pink, tweedia is most admired in its unusual soft blue hue. season: April to November cost: $ color: blue, white, pink

veronica Shaped like a plume, the tapered spike of veronica pokes out from the tops of arrangements and bouquets for a wild, garden-inspired look. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: white, pink, magenta, burgundy, purple

zinnia This daisylike flower symbolizes “thoughts of friends,” perfect for a bridesmaid bouquet. season: June to September cost: $ colors: yellow, green, orange, pink, red Find your florist at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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smart ways to snag the finest flowers Get the best blooms without breaking your budget. >>

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Most to-be-weds have a pretty good idea about what their wedding attire might cost, and caterers often share per-guest estimates on their websites. But many couples walk into their florist consultation with no basic knowledge of how much flowers cost— or how different blooms can affect your bottom line. You may find you’ll need (or want) to readjust your budget after your initial appointment, but a good florist will help you achieve your vision without putting you in the red. Here are seven helpful tips to keep your flower spend in check.

use more greenery It’s simple: Greenery and other fillers like baby’s breath cost less than their petal-laden peers, and featuring them as part of your arrangements can save you serious cash. Textured greenery can give your arrangements an organic and wild look too.

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Think of your florist as a personal shopper who can source the smartest values for your wedding. For instance, did you know those peonies you’ve had your eye on could be five times as expensive as roses? Your florist can recommend flowers that are similar in style and color to the blooms you really have your heart set on, but may be a fraction of the price. >>

questions to ask your florist You don’t have to play 20 questions to find a fine flower expert—just ask these five. How many weddings are you handling on the same day or weekend as mine? If your florist is handling multiple clients, you need to make sure they have enough staff to go around. You don’t want to play second fiddle to another couple on your wedding day. Have you done many weddings? Follow up this query by asking to see photographs or live examples of their work at past weddings. If they can’t come up with them, quickly nip this relationship in the bud. Even if they seem creative and competent, the proof is truly in the petals.

Have you done any weddings at my venue? It’s best to choose someone familiar with what works in terms of size, shape and color for the space. Otherwise, they should be willing to scope it out so they can note any limitations and suggest possible arrangements. Do you think my budget is doable? If this florist can’t work within your budget, you can’t work with this florist. Tell them everything you think you’ll want, from a bridal bouquet to reception centerpieces and specific flowers. A fantastic florist can set the stage for a soiree that only looks über-expensive.

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Which flowers do you think will work best with my space and style? This is the equivalent of a floral pop quiz. Provide details like the venue, personal style, inspiration boards and wedding party attire, and a good florist will be able to give you some smart suggestions.

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buy flowers that are in season If you’ve ever tried to buy strawberries in winter, you know how expensive (and tasteless) out-of-season produce can be. The same goes for flowers. You’ll get much more for your money (and better quality) by sourcing primarily seasonal stems. Some MVPs are in season all year-round, like gerbera daisies, lilies and carnations. Your florist can guide you to other varieties that may even be blooming locally during the time of your wedding.

reuse and recycle Use the same flowers for your ceremony and reception and it’s like an instant “buy one, get one free” sale. Have your altar arrangements and bridesmaid bouquets do double-duty by serving as decorations for the cake table or bar.

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think big and add nonfloral elements

find a creative florist you trust

Flowers with full blossoms like cymbidium orchids, peonies and hydrangeas fill a whole lot of space on a table, fast. Even though they’re relatively pricey, you’ll save because you can buy fewer flowers than you would if you chose more petite petals. Vary your arrangements too by alternating flowers with candles and other nonfloral elements like books, lanterns or driftwood.

You’re hiring a pro for their experience and talent, which will allow them to make beautiful and cost-effective arrangements. Choose a florist whom you trust and who will respect your budget. Be up front about your priorities, and be open to their suggestions. Find your florist at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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Centerpieces with an array of large, lush blooms can finish a tablescape gracefully. Avoid complicated structures that will increase labor costs and instead opt for simple stems in vases.

flower contract checklist Nail down details with your florist early to prevent a budget blowout later. Be sure to cover these topics.

An itemized list of all the flower arrangements you’re buying—from bouquets to centerpieces—with exact names, amounts and colors Flower alternatives (in your price range) if a specific bloom is unavailable on your wedding day; also include unacceptable substitutions, if any Arrival times for setup at the ceremony and reception sites and addresses for both

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A list of items the florist will supply— centerpiece vases, trellises and/or other accessories Name of the florist who will be on hand during the wedding, and for how long (you’ll want the florist you’ve been working with to help set up the arrangements at both your ceremony and reception sites; if you’re bringing your ceremony flowers to your reception site, you may also want your florist to stay through the ceremony to help transport and rearrange your flowers for the reception)

Where and when bouquets and boutonnieres should be delivered, if not to the ceremony site (to your home, for example, stating that exact address) Who will be responsible for breakdown of any installations Who will fill in if the florist can’t be there on your wedding day Sales tax, delivery fees and setup fees Deposit and balance amount and due date Cancellation/refund policy

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Make the pièce de résistance of your celebration— the cake, of course—mirror your wedding’s overall vibe and theme.

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SUGAR STEMS Nothing says “romance” quite like flowers, especially when they’re handcrafted in sugar and entirely edible.

Add color and panache to a simple round cake with a bevy of blooms. Choose stems found in your bouquet or centerpieces, or flowers that match your wedding palette. A single cascade makes a statement, while multiple floral sprays are a total wow. CAKE BY MADISON LEE’S CAKES

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classic A white cake is the perfect canvas for an eye-catching design. Guarantee yours steals the show by choosing a bold print, like this timeless yet whimsical blue floral motif. Pair with a topper of sugar flowers or your new monogram for an elegant look. CAKE BY BETTY BAKERY

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Love a detail from your stationery or the pattern of your wedding china? Let that inspire your cake.

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g   lam A mix of patterns, metallics and dimensions create an extravagant confection. Bold pops of color in the base (echoed in the sugar blooms) lend a bit of sophistication. Opt for varying tier heights— it will give your cake depth and a little opulence. A MIDAS TOUCH

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Metallics make anything feel instantly luxe—including cakes. Gold edging, bold brush strokes and a confetti speckled tier create intrigue and texture.

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modern Proof that a simple design can make a big impact, this marble-inspired cake pairs perfectly with any wedding palette. A classic red rose gives the top tier dimension. Add even more drama by having nontraditional layers like hexagons, squares or ovals. CAKE BY BUTTERFLY BAKESHOP

Flecks of gold combine with gray and black in a rolled fondant technique. This motif is equal parts elegant and edgy.

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rustic Not quite naked, not quite frosted, this hybrid look is focused on flavor. Vary the ingredients based on the season, like decadent dulce de leche in the winter or vanilla lemon zest in warmer months. Decorate with fresh blooms or nods to the flavors (think: berries or shaved chocolate). CAKE BY LUCKYBIRD BAKERY

EXTRA FLAVOR A caramel drizzle is a carefree finishing touch to translucent tiers—and another layer of rich flavor.

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You’ve planned a wedding full of thoughtful details and now you’re stuck on the perfect favor, something that will make your guests remember your day. “As we realize how much ‘stuff’ we all actually have, it’s just not something we need,” says planner Brian Worley of YourBASH! Instead, channel your favor budget toward something to be enjoyed at the beginning of your celebration or at some point throughout the wedding (or weekend if you’re hosting a destination party). Here are a few of our favorite no-fail options.

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welcome guests in style Hosting a weekend-long celebration? Treat guests to a plush welcome bag upon arrival. “The welcome bag is the first impression of the wedding weekend for guests,” says Lynn Easton of Easton Events. In addition to making your loved ones feel, well, loved, you can quickly get them acclimated with your chosen destination. Include a welcome note, a few of your favorite things to do and see around town, and suggestions for nearby restaurants. Make the logistics fun by including a custom map or adding some wit to your recommendations (“Scoops is Tim’s favorite ice cream shop, but Meghan swears the rocky road is superior across the street at Mick’s—you be the judge!”). Don’t forget an itinerary of the weekend’s activities—but only include events or celebrations open to all guests (not the exclusive bridesmaid lunch). And last, but not least: snacks. Your guests have already traveled—don’t make them raid the minibar. Include you and your fiancé’s favorite goodies as well as local flavor, Easton recommends. If you’re packing it all in a tote you hope guests will reuse, you may want to think twice about adding your monogram or wedding date (they’ll be less likely to use it post-celebration). But do add your own custom logo to other details, such as water-bottle wraps or any itinerary information.

give something to the kids Let’s face it—the people who like party favors the most are the under-12 crowd. If you’re including kids in your celebration, consider packaging up something especially for them. Instead of waiting until the end of the evening, give them a treat early on (it can double as entertainment). For wee ones, create a custom activity book with pictures to color and easy puzzles to solve. Older crowd of tweens? Wrap up a disposable camera and send kids on a picture scavenger hunt (get a snap of you and your new spouse kissing, take a picture of someone older than you, capture a relative dancing). Your littlest guests will feel extra-special, and their parents will be eager to engage in adult conversation during dinner—a total win-win. >>

secrets to unforgettable favors Follow these rules and your gifts won’t get left behind.

Ask yourself: Is this something I would want? Consider something that’s practical like locally roasted coffee or a picture frame. You can’t go wrong with an edible treat like homemade cookies.

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skip the monogram try before you buy Personalize your packaging, not the gift itself. This will ensure everyone will want to use their favor long after your wedding day.

Once you’ve decided on a favor, do a trial run—you want to make sure the truffles taste as good as they look, or the handmade soaps are the right scent, before you order 200 of them.

order extra

Whether you choose to give one favor per guest or per couple, always have backups ready. Plan for 10 extra for every hundred guests in case something happens to get lost or broken in transit.

wrap it up

Personalized packaging and a thoughtful display goes a long way. Match your packaging to your wedding theme. If you’re gifting something edible, choose a box or bag that won’t absorb grease.

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hire a food truck A food truck waiting at the exit of your venue is perfect for guests craving a late-night snack. Let your personal favorites dictate the cuisine—anything is possible from waffles or tacos to snow cones. Or opt for something that’s representative of the local flavor, like lobster rolls and fries for a seaside celebration.

make a memory Photo and video booths have been around for decades because, well, they’re fun! Roll in an old-fashioned photo booth, or try for a more modern GIF or slow-motion version. Everyone will love sharing the photos on social media (and you’ll get copies too). If you really want to do something special, hire a caricature or silhouette artist to live-capture your guests. They’ll head home with an exceptional memory and a keepsake.

not your average favor

Unless you’re opting for a receiving line, you may not have a chance to personally greet your guests until you’re making your rounds mid-meal. And even still, your time with each person is likely to be limited. Let your friends and family know just how much their presence means to you by penning a handwritten note to each guest. Enclose in envelopes and print names and table numbers on the outside. This personalized escort card will be a lovely keepsake for your older relatives and a special detail that will not go unnoticed by even your college pals. If you have a large guest list, this can still be accomplished—start early and create a template for your note (thank them for coming, share a personal memory and close with a promise to meet them on the dance floor later).

entertain them Treat your guests to a special performance—we’re not talking your typical band or DJ, but something extra. It’s not a traditional favor, but we guarantee your guests will remember (and really enjoy) the marching band you hired to perform your alma mater’s fight song or the synchronized swimmers who take over the pool. They also contribute to the overall “awesome-time” vibe you’re channeling for your wedding. Opt for a performance that has some significance to you or the place you’ve chosen to wed—a mariachi band for a Mexico wedding or a jazz serenade for the couple who shared their first date at an underground club. Your guests will be delighted and your entertainment choice will personalize your celebration.

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treat them to breakfast If you really want your guests to leave the party with a tangible token of your gratitude, edible favors are the way to go. “Sending your guests off with a tasty treat for the ride home or the following day is the new party favor,” Worley says. If you’ve already indulged guests in a five-course meal, consider gifting them breakfast to go. This is an especially nice touch if you don’t plan to host a day-after brunch. Instead of a candy bar, set up big glass jugs filled with your favorite cereals. Include wood spoons with your wedding date or custom hashtag. If you want to bake something, package homemade muffins or chewy granola bars for guests to enjoy with their morning coffee (while they relive all the fun they had at your wedding, of course). Presentation is key here—include a clever message like, “Thanks for sharing in the most important day of our lives. Don’t let tonight’s party keep you from skipping the most important meal of the day tomorrow.” S earch hundreds of favors by style and season at TheKnot.com/favors

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write them a note

There’s no rule that says you have to give your guests a favor. If you like the tradition of giving guests “a little something extra,” channel your budget toward a gift that can be enjoyed at the beginning of your celebration or at some point throughout the wedding.

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From the big players to boutique options, here’s the nitty-gritty on the pros and cons of our favorite retailers. >> BY EMMA BATY PHOTOGRAPH BY THEO MILO PHOTOGRAPHY

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It seems like there are a million places to create registries (yes, plural—we recommend making a wish list at two or three stores) and the idea of having to play favorites between beloved brands can leave you feeling exhausted. So, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it, compiling the ultimate guide of places to register. And when you register with The Knot (TheKnot.com/registry) we’ll aggregate all of your wish lists in one spot, allowing guests to purchase gifts with just a few clicks—a total win for you both.

amazon WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Amazon has a universal registry program,

anthropologie WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Anthropologie believes registering is one

of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Your wish list will stay available for up to a year after your event, and you can enter two different shipping addresses to accommodate for moves and other big changes during your engagement and after. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : Anthropologie has plenty of products with an eclectic spin, perfect for the trendy couple—but you may not find what you’re looking for in terms of simple, minimalist designs or the basics. BONUS PERKS: Your guests can have your gifts wrapped for $4 a box or include a gift message for free.

bed bath & beyond WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You can make an appointment to visit a

store and build your registry with a consultant. Or you can look to a curated online collection to help you create your wish list. For example, the “build your bar” one has the best bar essentials on one page—and you can add one product or the entire collection straight to your registry in one click. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Bed Bath & Beyond is known for affordability, which means high-end luxury brands are limited.

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Family and friends can contribute to your registry by giving recommendations for particular products they love. There’s also a discount offered postwedding to scoop up any items you really wanted that no one purchased. Guests can also use those awesome 20 percent off coupons on (most of their) purchases.

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belk WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The Belk app lets you scan items directly

with your smartphone and add them to your registry. It also has checklists and a thank-you note feature to keep you on track. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Belk only has physical stores in certain states (mostly the Southern US), but you can always register online. BONUS PERKS : Belk has engagement parties in its stores twice a year where you can create a new registry or add to an existing one. It also holds two 10-day completion events during the year where couples can get 20 percent off on select items.

best buy You can register for the technology and gadgets that make life easier (think: big-screen TV, smart fridge). All the products on your registry will be eligible for free shipping, with no minimum purchase requirement. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: We’re pretty sure Best Buy won’t start selling fine china or 400 thread count linens anytime soon, so you’ll need to register elsewhere too. BONUS PERK: For more expensive items on your registry, like those noise-canceling headphones you’ve been coveting, or the surround-sound speaker set, there’s a group gifting option. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

bloomingdale’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Bloomingdale’s has consultants that work

strictly on wedding registries, so they’re a consistent resource while you’re going through the process. It offers completion discounts too—10 percent off for the first six months after your event and 20 percent off during special discount times. >>

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which means you can add items to your registry that aren’t on Amazon.com using a browser extension. Also, you can shop Amazon Smile and support your favorite charities. There’s even a thank-you note feature that allows you to track which guest gave you what (and if you actually sent that thank-you note). POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You don’t have the option for a traditional walk-through-the-store-with-a-scan-gun experience or the advantage of seeing things in person before you list them. BONUS PERKS: You can browse curated selections of items, like “dinner and serve ware” or the top 100 items people register for. Or you can also check out products from third-party boutique options, such as the MoMA Design Store.

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POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Bloomingdale’s offers a huge variety of items, but most are at a higher price point. BONUS PERKS: Bloomingdale’s also gives discounts to registry couples for certain clothing items too. For example, when you start a registry, you get 25 percent off a single regular-price men’s purchase of $500 or more, perfect for a new suit

boscov’s Boscov’s has registry consultants in every store (and online) to help you build your dream wish list. They can help you mix and match china patterns or tell you the pros and cons of cookware. They’ll also monitor your registry and notify you when you’re running out of gifts, or when something goes out of stock so you can replenish. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Boscov’s only has stores in six states and they’re mostly on the East Coast. BONUS PERKS: You get a 15 percent shopping pass discount just for registering. You’ll also get 10 percent back on every gift your guests purchase from the registry, which you can use to buy the remaining items. And on top of that, it gives you a 10 percent completion discount on almost all the items left on your registry. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

cb2 Update your registry on the go through the app and updates go “live” within 15 minutes—perfect for adding additional gifts down the line or for changing your mind. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: CB2 is like Crate & Barrel’s little (and more modern) sister. It only has brick-and-mortar stores in five states, so if your friends and family are the type who like to shop in store instead of online, this could be tricky. BONUS PERKS : CB2 will make it easy on your guests by including gift wrapping and a personalized gift message for free.

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the container store This organizational mecca lets you manage your registry online, making adding or deleting products easy. It also has a registry checklist of some of its most popular wedding gifts to guide you in your shopping. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Registering here means you’ll need to create a wish list elsewhere too (it doesn’t have things like sheets, towels or dinnerware, for example). BONUS PERKS: After the wedding, you can save 10 percent on any items still left on your registry—like the makings for a custom closet. Your guests get free shipping and gift wrapping on purchases of $75 or more, and they can contribute to a more expensive group gift (like said closet). WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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crate & barrel WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Crate & Barrel offers engaged couples

private registry events for one-on-one attention and advice. It also gives a 10 percent discount not only on registry items, but on other items in stores and online for six months after your wedding. Just in case you’re moving or want to store your stuff elsewhere, you can add two shipping addresses when you create your registry. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : You may end up registering for too many gifts—it has everything from furniture to shower curtains. BONUS PERKS: Guests receive free shipping on items more than $99, and your registry stays open for 18 months after your event.

gearys Whenever a guest buys a gift off your registry, you get an email that allows you to digitally “unwrap” the present and see the value. The value is added to your registry account as store credit. Then, whenever you’re ready, you can make final decisions and purchase what you really want with that flexible account. You can even choose items that weren’t on your original registry. The money in your registry account never expires, so if you change your mind about your china pattern three years down the road, you could use your remaining credit to buy a new set. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Gearys only has store locations in California—you need to live in the Golden State to take advantage. BONUS PERKS: You’ll receive a personal registry consultant to help you select the perfect items. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

gump’s Gump’s, a San Francisco department store, allows you to build your registry in stores or online. It offers two registry selections: the more traditional version in which you select your gifts and they’re shipped as they’re purchased, and a “gift notification” program where you’re notified as guests purchase your gifts and you pick a date for Gump’s to ship them all to you at one time—perfect if you’re hoping to upgrade your space after “I do.” POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There’s only one physical Gump’s store and it’s in California. BONUS PERKS: If you choose the notification option, you’ll get an email when someone makes a purchase from your registry, so keeping track of who gifted what for thank-you notes is a breeze. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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lets your guests donate to a charity instead of buying you tangible gifts. You can fundraise for one charity or multiple, and you can set a fundraising goal with an optional deadline. JustGive sends the donations directly to the charities for you, so you don’t have to worry about any of the logistics, and all guests receive an email receipt for tax deduction. JustGive has every 501(c)(3) charity in the country, so regardless of how big or small, every cause is included. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may need another registry. As much as we love the idea of being charitable, you might also want to treat yourselves to something special. BONUS PERKS: You can send a custom thank-you note to accompany each guest’s tax receipt. JustGive also has a guide for charities, so if you know you want to be philanthropic, but don’t know which cause is for you, it can help you find your match.

kohl’s The Kohl’s program allows you to manage your registry in stores or online. You can get started by browsing through the catalog, which can help guide you through the process. And you can earn Kohl’s rewards (that you can use in store) on gifts purchased from your registry. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You’ll be able to register for every home category (dishes, appliances, linens and so on), but you may not be able to find those unique statement pieces to complete your new abode or extras like furniture. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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pottery barn Three words: free design services. When you create a registry account you’re given access to Pottery Barn’s team of design specialists who can help you curate the exact aesthetic you’re looking for. Guests also have the option of sending you gift cards that are redeemable at Pottery Barn and its sister stores, Williams Sonoma and West Elm. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Pottery Barn doesn’t have an app, so managing your registry on the go isn’t quite as easy. BONUS PERKS: You get a postwedding discount of 10 percent off remaining registry items for up to six months. It also offers a thank-you tracker service so you can accurately track gifts received and thank-you notes penned. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

scully & scully At Scully & Scully, the registry program is a “hold all gifts” format. So instead of receiving gifts as guests purchase them, you actually accumulate credit from those purchases, and you can use that money however you want within the store. So if a guest buys you a $200 bedspread from your list, you can use that $200 on the comforter or something else. This makes selecting the products for your registry seem a lot less final. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There’s only one Scully & Scully store in the country and it’s located in New York City. BONUS PERKS: If dinner parties are important to you, Scully & Scully has a wide selection of tabletop items (china, glassware, flatware). You can have a one-on-one consultation to see different patterns and experiment with how to mix and match. >> WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Jonathan Adler is more suited to the modern, boundary-pushing couple. If you love trendy and fashionforward décor, this designer is for you. BONUS PERKS: Your Jonathan Adler registry stays open for a year after your wedding, giving guests plenty of time to shop. You can register in stores or online, then manage your wish list through MyRegistry.com.

can get an extra 20 percent on most of the items on your registry, and that discount lasts for six months after your nuptials. Plus, its Registry Star Rewards program allows couples to earn points as people shop for them. So when you receive a gift or buy something from Macy’s (like a rehearsal dinner outfit), you earn points that translate into a gift card—total win. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : Macy’s has so many products that you may get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of registry potential. BONUS PERKS: Macy’s hosts Sip & Scan events during the year. Couples can visit a store, enjoy refreshments and get started with the help of a personalized registry consultant.

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to return any gift from your registry. There’s also a 15 percent completion code for whatever’s left on your list. Friends and family can chip in toward the purchase of bigger gifts through its group gifting program. You can also find inspiration in the Wedding Shop, which includes gifts for your wedding party or faves from Target’s home style expert Emily Henderson. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may not be able to register for that luxe, cashmere blanket you’ve always wanted, but you’ll be able to get practically everything else. BONUS PERKS: Target has a feature called Add From Anywhere. Basically, if you see something you love that Target doesn’t carry, like a handmade item from Etsy, you can still put it on your Target registry—simple and easy.

traveler’s joy WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Traveler’s Joy is a registry service that lets

you collect money toward your honeymoon in lieu of traditional gifts. You create an account based on your honeymoon destination and the activities you want to do, and Traveler’s Joy lets your guests contribute lump sums toward your trip. The “gifts” you ask for can be experience based or practical. Let’s say you’re taking a cruise: You can add extra excursions like scuba diving to the registry or more tangible products like sunglasses and sunscreen. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There are some service charges involved. Traveler’s Joy charges a small fee for things like credit card processing, hosting fees and so on. BONUS PERKS: Unlike other honeymoon registry sites, Traveler’s Joy lets you book your trip through whomever you’d like—you don’t have to use a specific travel agent or company. It also lets you split up the cost of an item, so if your couples massage is going to be $200, you can turn that into four gifts of $50.

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Pottery Barn and West Elm, plus it has its own home line. Any gift cards you receive from your registry can be used at any of the stores. Williams Sonoma also offers product help after your wedding, so if you can’t figure out how to use that high-tech juicer you registered for, someone can step in and show you. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Although Williams Sonoma does have furniture and linens, its specialty is kitchen equipment. You may want a wish list at one of its sister brands or elsewhere too. BONUS PERKS: You can make a one-on-one appointment with a registry specialist or attend a private shopping event with experts who can help you craft the perfect registry. After you’re official, complete your registry with a 10 percent discount on everything left for a full six months.

zola Zola is an online registry with a curated selection of products for your home (from brands you’ll recognize), but you can also create fund registries too, like a honeymoon wish list. You can even register for experiences, like a cooking class, wine tasting tour or even a handyman to help you hang a gallery wall of wedding photos. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Zola has so many registry options (like being able to add any item on the internet) that it’s almost a little daunting. There’s also not a brick-and-mortar retail option, so you’ll have to trust your gut and click to add. BONUS PERKS: Zola has a button you can install in your browser to let you choose items from anywhere, so if there’s a boutique in your hometown that you really love that doesn’t offer a registry service, Zola has you covered. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

z gallerie Z Gallerie is a member of the MyRegistry .com family, which means when you create a registry from this trendy home goods store, it will be synced with any other registries on the platform making it easy for your guests to shop. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Z Gallerie has stores across the country, but not one in every state. Also, MyRegistry.com is an online service that doesn’t offer in-person help, so it can feel a little less personal than other options. BONUS PERKS: MyRegistry.com does allow you to register for cash gifts as well as more traditional gifts—a total win if you want both or have registry indecision. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Becky Tanenbaum, 34, a principal at a commercial real estate developer GROOM Jeff Mallace, 36, a vice president at a marketing and advertising firm HOW THEY MET After several “missed connections,” they ran into each other at a local bar WEDDING STYLE “Jeff and I wanted our wedding weekend to feel like a giant vacation with all of our friends and family,” Becky says of opting for a destination wedding in Los Cabos, where she’s traveled for nearly two decades. Embracing Mexican traditions and plenty of margaritas, the pair threw a threeday event. —Marissa Hermanson

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The couple kicked off their celebration with a welcome party at the bride’s parents’ house in the Querencia community, complete with a taco dinner, tequila tasting and a band serenading guests with traditional Latin music. Embracing their tropical locale, the laid-back shindig was decked out in vibrant pink, orange, green and yellow. Friends and family left with piñatas filled with treats for the weekend, including custom wood sunglasses and “#shakeyourmallace” flip-flops.

THE REHEARSAL Becky and Jeff’s rehearsal dinner was held at a local restaurant in downtown San José, where friends and family feasted on organic, local Mexican cuisine. “We wanted to embrace the fun side of being on vacation in Mexico,” Becky says. The couple used brightly colored maracas that they found at a local market as escort cards.

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Becky and Jeff incorporated several family heirlooms into their traditional Jewish ceremony: the bride’s grandfather’s tallit for blessings, her great-grandmother’s wedding band, the groom’s bar mitzvah kiddush cup to sip wine and his grandmother’s bible for readings. Inspired by the seaside setting, the pair used blue and green hues in various ways, including for the bridesmaid dresses and on the invitation suite, which featured intricate designs inspired by Mexican tiles.

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“We wanted the beauty of the scenery and venue to really stand out,” Becky says. To highlight the destination, guests started off with a ceviche bar and guacamole station while listening to the sounds of a mariachi band before dining alfresco beneath hanging floral chandeliers. For a playful twist, the couple “cracked open” a cake shaped like an actual hanging donkey piñata, complete with edible rice paper ruffles. “Think outside the box,” Becky says. “Don’t just stick to what is typically done at weddings.”

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get help Type As, beware: If you’re hosting a wedding in a distant locale, you’ll need to entrust at least part of the planning to someone else’s capable hands. A wedding planner can shoulder the burden of researching and securing local vendors (especially valuable if said vendors speak English only as a second language), dealing with logistics like tent rentals and lighting, and handling any lastminute fires in the weeks leading up to your wedding. A planner can also be the behind-the-scenes guru, creating gift bags for guests, vetting special requests (babysitters, dry cleaners and so on), and getting you, your fiancé and all of your guests where you need to be—on time. Many resorts include a coordinator in their wedding packages, but it might be a good idea to set aside about 10 to 15 percent of your total budget for a

planner. Generally speaking, a local planner is your best bet, as they can be your man or woman on the ground when you can’t be there. But if you prefer to go with a planner from back home, make sure they have experience planning weddings in your chosen destination, and expect to cover the transportation costs for their planning visits and the actual wedding.

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strongly suggest making at least one planning trip to meet with potential pros.) If you must hire your vendors unseen, schedule a video chat so you can get a sense for their demeanor and personality before you sign a contract. You could also have your wedding planner meet with them on your behalf, and then brief you on your options. Another idea: Bring pros you trust from home to handle critical aspects such as the wedding photography, your hair and makeup, and the design (the lighting, flowers), and then work with local vendors in a supervisory capacity to avoid any communication mishaps. Just remember: You will have to cover their travel and lodging expenses.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Ethny Nava, 29, a structural project engineer at Intelligent Engineering Services LLP GROOM Eric Fantich, 31, creative director at Fantich Media HOW THEY MET In high school, but they didn’t reconnect until 13 years later WEDDING STYLE A Mexican-themed wedding with bold colors, rich flavors and fun Latin music honored Ethny’s heritage. —Meghan Overdeep

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Both the bride and groom donned traditional Mexican sombreros during the reception.

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VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNING &

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Rev. Elliot Wickboldt

GOWN &

VEIL Martina Liana

Christian Louboutin

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Portillo Jewelers JEWELRY

Necklace: Tiffany & Co.; earrings: Marcia Moran HAIR Daniel Macias/D’Anthony Salon Spa MAKEUP Atzii Ceja

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Joanna August, Bella Bridesmaids iTailor

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Invitations: Minted

.com; escort cards, programs & menu cards: Fantich Media

RENTALS Botanika; McNay Art

Museum; True Flavors CAKE Bird Bakery

CATERING True Flavors MUSIC Ceremony: Keith

Kubena; reception: Wes Dominque/Cutting Edge Entertainment; mariachi band: Mariachi Flor de Jalisco PHOTO BOOTH Cutting Edge Entertainment

TRANSPORTATION ETI

Limousine & Charter

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hyatt Place San Antonio Airport/Quarry Market; La Casa Elegante Even the favors tied into the overall theme. Guests went home with maracas, custom koozies, Mexican candy and fiesta-themed sugar cookies in addition to shot glasses and mini bottles of Don Julio tequila.

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HONEYMOON Jade

Mountain Resort, St. Lucia GUESTS 180 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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A low chignon allowed the intricate lace detail of Samantha’s dress to shine.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Samantha Wolfe, 26, a leasing manager and graphic designer GROOM Erick Ptacnik, 28, business owner and agent at Farmers Insurance HOW THEY MET At University of Texas Rio Grande Valley WEDDING STYLE Samantha and Erick crafted their “nature meets glamour” nuptials around a refined palette of gray, white and gold. —MO

“My wedding dress was actually the first dress I pinned,” Samantha says. The trouble was the designer was based in Romania. After some digging, she found a store near Chicago that stocked her dream dress, so she and her mom booked a flight. “I tried it on, and it fit like a glove,” she recalls.

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Lace-patterned chargers added a feminine touch to the tablescapes.

“Our cake was elegant on the outside and party on the inside,” Samantha says. Beneath the classic buttercream frosting and pretty pink blooms, the unassuming confection was filled with sprinkles. “Who doesn’t love sprinkles?” she adds.

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The couple traveled from the ceremony to the reception in a white 1935 DeSoto.

Samantha’s eight bridesmaids all wore the same dress, each in a different color. The resulting mix of neutrals, blush pink, sage green, charcoal and a touch of deep plum ended up inspiring the rest of the day’s color scheme.

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CEREMONY SITE Sacred Heart Catholic

Church, Brownsville RECEPTION SITE Hacienda Yturria, Yturria

PHOTOGRAPHY

Anahi Navarro and Roland Anzaldua/Anahi Weddings Films

VIDEOGRAPHY John Arriola FLOWERS The

PLANNER &

Nouveau Romantics Michael Amesse

OFFICIANT Rev.

GOWN Divine Atelier,

Bella Bleu Bridal, Winnetka, IL Bella Bleu Bridal

VEIL

SHOES Paradox London

ENGAGEMENT RING J Green Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Zales

The Professionals

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Jenny Yoo, Bella Bridesmaids The Tux Shop Romantics

MAKEUP

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STATIONERY The Nouveau SIGN-IN BOOK BHLDN

RENTALS Loot Vintage Rentals; Marquee

Event Group; P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals CATERING Kurant Events

Gourmet Tirso Cuevas

CAKE Mi Delicia

MUSIC DJ Gatsby

FAVORS

TRANSPORTATION Valley

Transit Company

ACCOMMODATIONS

Courtyard Brownsville, Homewood Suites; Homewood Suites by Hilton Brownsville REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Crate &

Barrel GUESTS 350 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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BRIDE Taylor Langston, 24, a reporter for Texas Tech Athletics GROOM Drew Peters, 24, a high school football coach for Monterey High School in Lubbock HOW THEY MET At Abilene Christian University WEDDING STYLE Taylor and Drew wanted to re-create a romantic winter escape for their nuptials. They pulled it off with the help of rustic winter details, a festive seasonal palette and a surprise snow storm. —MO

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“Floor-length, gold sequin dresses that suited each of my eight bridesmaids was a tall order, but they were all stunning,” Taylor says.

“We love to be outside, and we liked the feel of a snowy cabin in the mountains at Christmas— and that’s exactly what we got with Cotton Creek,” Taylor says. “It snowed the night before our wedding, and that only made it that much more perfect. It was like God was blessing us on that day, knowing exactly what we wanted to make it even more special.”

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“Drew and I wanted the very natural, rustic, raw feel of the wood barn to complement the glitz of the gold sequin dresses and the bold color pops of the flowers,� Taylor says of their vision. Wine bottles striped with gold glitter held wintry blooms, and wood accents, votives and fun trinkets were placed in the middle of the tables.

Guests took home bags of caramel popcorn at the end of the night.

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There is a spirit here...that longs to be shared.

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Taylor and Drew aren’t huge fans of cake, so instead they treated guests to an assortment of cheesecakes and a DIY s’mores bar, which fit perfectly with their wintry theme. To christen the dance floor, the pair opted for a non-traditional first dance. Instead of taking a spin together, the newlyweds joined their wedding party and parents in a flash mob performance to “Classic” by MTKO. “We forgot a lot of moves, but it was still a good time!” Taylor says.

The bride’s and groom’s chairs were marked with black and gold signs, a swag of tulle and warm blankets.

TAYLOR & DREW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Cotton Creek Barn, Tahoka PHOTOGRAPHY Betsy Lackey/

Photo by Betsy Floral Cochran

FLOWERS Grayce

OFFICIANT Rev. Cody GOWN David’s Bridal

SHOES Lucchese

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Robert Lance

Jewelers

HAIR Jolie Braswell

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Zach Haynie Design SIGN-IN BOOK Hobby Lobby RENTALS Cotton Creek Barn CATERING PJ’s Catering From the

Heart & Bakery Service

CAKE Sugarbakers Café MUSIC West Texas DJ FAVORS Kevin Woelfel

HONEYMOON Inn of the Mountain

Gods, Ruidoso, NM GUESTS 500 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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The 1850 Settlement 29360 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX 78260

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India carried a large bunch of white peonies, sweet peas and tulips, and orchids with a slight pink accent.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE India Rhodes, 29, an event planner and designer at Wilkinson Rhodes GROOM Daniel (Dan) Patterson, 27, a senior account manager at Altria HOW THEY MET On Match.com WEDDING STYLE As a planner, India had a good idea of what she wanted her wedding day to be: colorful and luxurious. Deep shades of purple and magenta, and nods to her love of tulips and 17th-century art gave it personality. —MO

“I liked the dress that I chose, but I loved my veil,” India says. “I didn’t truly feel like a bride until I put on my Austin Scarlett veil, which was accented by small flowers and fell just past the train of my dress.” After donning it for the church ceremony, she and Dan invited guests to the historic hotel for cocktails, dinner and dancing.

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More than 16,000 tulips lined the balcony of the mezzanine at the reception.

“I wanted our wedding to be nontraditional and a ‘gift’ to our guests, and make sure they had an experience and memories from our wedding. Thus, we had an extensive variety of performers and activities,” India says. In addition to favors, guests enjoyed a live “butt sketch” artist, a cappella group and a liquid nitrogen alcoholic ice cream bar.

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The couple’s classic white confection was covered in lifelike sugar tulips.

INDIA & DAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Christ Episcopal Church, San

An a cappella group entertained guests throughout dinner and even performed the couple’s first dance song, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King. Then the band took over and kept everyone on their feet. “The night ended with us dancing among the tulips in a sea of confetti on the dance floor,” India says.

Antonio RECEPTION SITE The St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio

PHOTOGRAPHY Amy DeYoung

and Kurtis Kronk/Amy DeYoung Photographer

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VIDEOGRAPHY Daniel Holman Studios FLOWERS Wilkinson Rhodes

PLANNER &

OFFICIANT Rev. Scott Kitayama

GOWN

Reem Acra, The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, Dallas

VEIL Austin Scarlett, The Bridal Salon at

Neiman Marcus

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Diamond

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HAIR Mario Garza

Moseley

MAKEUP Amanda

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Alfred Sung

MENSWEAR Groom: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom;

groomsmen: Heights Tuxedo, San Antonio STATIONERY Wilkinson Rhodes; monogram:

The Left Handed Calligrapher

RENTALS BBJ

Linen; BP Lighting Sound & Video; CORT Event Furnishings; La Tavola; Marquee Rents; Wilkinson Rhodes

CATERING St. Anthony Hotel

Cakes by Cathy DESSERTS Frost 321

CAKE MUSIC

Ceremony: Monte Vista Strings; reception: Jean Phillipe; VOX Audio; Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra OTHER ENTERTAINMENT The Original Butt Sketch

TRANSPORTATION Elegant

Limousine & Charter

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotel Indigo San Antonio-Riverwalk; St. Anthony Hotel

REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Hanley

Wood; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON

France GUESTS 166 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Taylor walked down the aisle to “La Vie en Rose” played on the saxophone. The couple said “I do” in front of an altar of two wine barrels topped with lush florals.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Taylor Elaine Freeland, 27, a travel pediatric intensive care unit nurse GROOM Erik Ryne Hutcheson, 32, a personal injury attorney HOW THEY MET At the café where Taylor tended bar WEDDING STYLE Taylor and Ryne decked out their downtown winery wedding with champagne and merlot hues, vintage décor and rustic wine barrels. —Marissa Hermanson

After a short and sweet ceremony, guests dined on passed hors d’oeuvres and snacks from food trucks, while Ricki Derek & the Vegas Six, a seven-piece jazz band, heated guests up for a night of celebration.

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Tables were cloaked in gold linens and topped with crochet doilies and vintage vases filled with arrangements of greenery and blush and red blooms. Taylor carried a garden-inspired bouquet filled with amber, pink and burgundy hues, and fresh flowers fastened to her braided updo gave her a boho-chic look.

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed fried shrimp with a whiskey sauce shooter, mac ’n’ cheese bites and corn cakes topped with adobe chicken. Parked outside, a food truck served up tacos, and a dessert truck handed out ice cream cookie sandwiches and Dr. Pepper floats. “We were looking for a fun, laid-back wedding experience,” Taylor says. “It’s why we chose food trucks and not a traditional sit-down dinner.”

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DAY-OF COORDINATOR FLOWERS Candelaria Designs

OFFICIANT Judge William Eichman GOWN Maggie Sottero, Bella’s Bridal,

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ENGAGEMENT RINGS, WEDDING RINGS & JEWELRY Robert Lance Jewelers HAIR &

MAKEUP Lindsey Kopriva

BRIDESMAID DRESSES TwoBirds

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MENSWEAR HG Thrash

STATIONERY Barque BOOK Barn White

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alexis &

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“I would say I was going for a Spanish señorita vibe,” Alexis says of her lacey, long-sleeved, mermaid-style gown. She also designed her veil and a dramatic overskirt that she removed for the reception.

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The bride’s uncle officiated the ceremony, which blended Hispanic and Catholic elements, like a unity candle and coins. “We chose to have the entire ceremony in Spanish,” Alexis says. “It felt more romantic.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Alexis Bazan, 30, a student GROOM Daryl Alvarez, 35, a geologist HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Alexis and Daryl infused their DIY desert wedding with a color palette of wine, pale pink and green, and decorative Southwest touches. —MH

“We love Texas and all the things that make it special,” Alexis says. “It is who we are, a part of us. We also wanted to expose this beautiful location to our closest friends and family that had never visited the area.” An outdoor ceremony with the Chisos Mountains as the picturesque backdrop was followed by a laid-back dinner party. As favors, Mexican blankets were on hand for the chilly fall evening. “We were off on the weather—it was actually 25 degrees!” she says.

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After the ceremony, friends and family gathered for a laid-back shindig with craft beer from local Big Bend Brewery Co. and ceviche. Later in the evening, the newlyweds cut into a small chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, while guests enjoyed chocolate and vanilla cupcakes for dessert. Alexis created centerpieces out of cigar boxes and succulents.

“We love the natural beauty in western Texas,” Alexis says. “It has also become our yearly vacation spot for the last several years.”

ALEXIS & DARYL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Gage Hotel, Marathon PHOTOGRAPHY Briana Purser

Photography Flowers

FLOWERS Fannin OFFICIANT Javier

Garcia (bride’s uncle)

GOWN

Truly Zac Posen, David’s Bridal SHOES Ralph Lauren, Macy’s ENGAGEMENT RING Enzo

Luccati EARRINGS Kendra Scott

HAIR Sylvia Garcia

MENSWEAR Express STATIONERY & BOOK DIY

SIGN-IN

CATERING &

CAKE 12 Gage Restaurant MUSIC Nick Gaitan GUESTS 60 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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Shake Your Feathers A sheer column gown goes from sexy to showstopping with cascading plumes. Dress, $9,800, Christian Siriano, KleinfeldBridal.com; sapphire engagement ring, $50,000, CoastDiamond.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Preservation Hall, PreservationHall.com

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Swing It A cocktail-length number embroidered with tiers of silk fringe is perfect for dancing the night away. Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal .com (Houston), The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus .com (Dallas), Stanley Korshak Bride, StanleyKorshak.com (Dallas); engagement ring, $3,915, EfvaAttling .com; earrings, $54, HartHagerty.com; fan, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com MUSICIANS

Drums: Joe Lastie Jr.; trombone: Freddie Lonzo

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curve-skimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Brickhouse Bridal, BrickhouseBridal.com (The Woodlands), De Ma Fille Bridal – A Bridal Boutique, DeMaFille .com (Fort Worth), Sposa Mia Couture, SposaMiaBride.com (McAllen); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl.com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Hotel Royal, FrenchQuarter HotelGroup.com

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Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashion-forward twist on a romantic, floral-embellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal .com (Houston); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar .com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

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Play It Cool Give a sweet, polka dot ensemble some cool-girl edge with hot pink slides and a studded clutch. Dress, $3,400, Christos Costarellos, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $2,830 (not including center stone), AJaffe .com; cocktail ring, $1,995, EffyJewelry .com; clutch, $65, AldoShoes.com; shoes, $895, Manolo Blahnik, Saks.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Peter Patout’s private residence

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Julian Gold, JulianGold .com, (San Antonio, Austin & Corpus Christi), Mia Bridal Couture, MiaBridalCouture .com (Houston), Ivory Bridal Atelier, IvoryBridalHouston.com (Houston) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

New Orleans’s City Park, NewOrleansCityPark.com

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make the room cozy Once you have the essentials figured out, it’s time to set the mood. Make your bridal suite as relaxing as possible—right down to scented candles or aromatherapy spray. Getting ready on a tight schedule is stressful, but a calming aroma can reduce the tension.

unpack first thing Lay out all of your accessories right away so you’ll know immediately if you left anything behind or are missing any necessities. That way, if something’s forgotten, you can send someone out on an errand before it’s too late. Double- and triple-check that you have your panties, bra, other undergarments, garter, heels, veil, hair accessories and jewelry. Put your accessories in a separate area, away from your bridesmaids—you don’t want your extras to get mixed up or lost during the day.

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hang your dress with care Putting on your wedding dress is a moment you’ve been anticipating for months, so you should give it a place of honor in your bridal suite. Hang it in a spot where no one will accidentally step on it, bump it or wrinkle it—and, obviously, far away from the food table and hot curling irons that could potentially burn it. You know your photographer will want to get a picture of your dress while it’s hanging up, so choose a spot with soft lighting—maybe in front of a window or next to a full-length mirror. Your gown may have arrived on a plastic or dry-cleaning hanger, and while this is practical, it isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. Check out sites like Etsy where you can get a custom hanger created, or see how you can DIY it on TheKnot.com for a sweet photo op. >>

your hair and makeup pros How to assemble the perfect people for your day-of beauty team.

If you can, use your tried-and-true aesthetician, makeup artist and stylist. They know your hair, skin type and personality, which eliminates any possible room for error.

ask for recommendations

Want a new pro or don’t have a favorite yet? Browse local magazines and websites for lists, like The Knot Best of Weddings, to get the scoop on the pros in your area.

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Put your potential pro to the test. Schedule trial runs, and take pictures and notes of each hair and makeup session. Then use your cheat sheet to narrow down your choices and pick a favorite.

search for a one-stop shop

Choose a salon or spa where you can get everything done at one time. This way all your beauty pros can be on the same page.

stay on top of new trends

Talk to your professional crew about incorporating the latest and greatest treatments and products into your bridal primping routine.

keep an open mind

Even though you may have a clear vision of what you want, a seasoned stylist will know what works best. You’ll be surprised how much you like their ideas.

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A scented candle, a few bottles of champagne, some snacks and a fun playlist can totally transform your bridal suite—and make getting ready on a timeline a less stressful experience for your whole bridal party.

keep track of special accessories Put one bridesmaid or friend in charge of your “something old,” “something new,” “something borrowed” and “something blue” during day-of prep. These are often valuable and meaningful pieces or heirlooms, and you’ll rest easy knowing one person will be keeping an eye out all day. Tell your friend you want her to keep them somewhere safe, but not so well hidden that you forget to put them on during the hectic rush to get out the door.

Skip the inconvenient trip to the salon and have your makeup artist and hairstylist come to you. If you’re planning on getting ready at home, pick a room that has windows for lots of natural light and wall outlets for multiple hair dryers and curling irons. The room should also be big enough to hold your entire makeup and hair team (on average two to three people), plus your bridal party. Bring in mirrors and be sure to have at least one full-length mirror. If you plan on getting ready at a hotel, visit the bridal suite in person ahead of time so you can gauge its size, lighting and general setup.

pack some backups Planning ahead will help the day run smoothly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for a few hiccups. Bring umbrellas, wraps and jackets just in case of rainy or cold weather. Umbrellas are a good idea for sunny days too—they help shield you from the sun while your photographer stages your bridal photos. Get more day-of beauty tips at TheKnot.com/beauty

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what to ask Six questions to ask the pros during important prewedding appointments.

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a little lash boost, then consider eyelash extensions before your wedding. That way you won’t have to worry about falsies falling off or drooping into your eyes throughout the day.

veil to see how it works with your hairstyle. At the very least, you should bring a photo or a similar style borrowed from a friend.

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SHOULD I BE CLEANSING? Juice cleanses are a very hot topic and are often up for debate. If you’re considering a cleanse before your wedding, talk to your doctor to determine the healthy way to go about it.

spray tan technician CAN YOU CONTOUR MY STOMACH AND LEGS? Ask your aesthetician if they can contour your abs or thighs for some added definition that you’re sure to appreciate once it’s time to slip into that nightie you packed in your honeymoon bag.

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Bridal fashion has taken a sexy turn in recent years. Designers like Galia Lahav, Ines Di Santo and Rivini are redefining the traditional wedding dress with daring cutouts, plunging necklines and curve-hugging styles that leave little to the imagination. If you find yourself in love with a sultry silhouette but don’t know what to wear under it (hint: your usual bra and panties probably won’t do), we’re here to help. From clingy fabrics to open backs, we’ve got the answers to your undergarment dilemmas. >>

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your dress: It has a classic strapless neckline. the essential: A bra with grips on the inside is one possible solution to the elusive slipping strapless bra; another answer is the longline bra. This is a bra that’s attached to a corset-like bodice, which gives it more support against slippage since it wraps around your waist. This style works especially well for bustier body types. Marni plunge bra, $133, Cosabella.com

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your dress: It’s formfitting around the hips and thighs. the essential: Go for shapewear that falls above the knees (think: longer shorts with extra shaping powers). The key is finding a pair that’s tight enough to firm up any possible wobbly bits around your hips and thighs and give your silhouette a smooth finish—without being so tight it digs into your midsection. Zoned 4 Shape long leg shaper, $60, Wacoal-America.com your dress: It shows off your curves from behind. the essential: Find a pair of special shorts or panties that can give your behind an extra boost (yes, this is a thing). Your guests don’t need to know you’re getting some subtle help accentuating your curves, so look for shorts with a little extra padding that appears and feels natural. One made of cotton, foam or silicone is a safe bet. Shapewear padded hipster, $24, Maidenform, Kohls.com

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your dress: It has a sexy, open back. the essential: Your best bet when it comes to a backless gown is a bra that has adhesive cups. Silicone cups will give you the most natural feel, while the nude color will make it nearly invisible under your gown. Pro tip: If the back of your dress isn’t too low (it hits around the middle of your back) and you’re worried adhesive cups won’t stay put or give you enough support, consider a strapless corset with a plunging back. NuBra, $75, Nordstrom.com Get more bridal fashion tips at TheKnot.com/fashion

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your dress: It has an ultra-deep V-neckline. the essential: Look for a bra that has a special cutout in the front to accommodate low necklines. Most likely it will have extra support on the side (or, in this case, is designed as a bodysuit) to make sure that, despite the deep dip, everything stays put. Marni low back bodysuit, $158, Cosabella.com

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Gown guru Maradee Wahl answers your bridal fashion questions. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGRAPH BY JILL DEVRIES PHOTOGRAPHY

Finding “the one” comes with a lot of important decisions—and potential dilemmas. Fortunately, bridal stylist Maradee Wahl is an expert on all things wedding dresses. (She even styled for Carolina Herrera for over eight years.) Here, get the scoop on what you need to know to nail your perfect wedding day look. >>

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I definitely want to wear a veil on my wedding day, but I fell in love with a dress with a high-low hemline. Now I’m not sure a veil will work—what are my options?

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You don’t have to give up your dreams of wearing a veil on your wedding day. A style that complements the shape of the skirt is the best choice with a minidress or high-low hem. If the skirt is fitted or slinky, a narrow veil with few or no gathers works best. For a party skirt or pleated style, try a fuller veil with a blunt edge, or wear one higher on the head to create a more dramatic shape to complete the overall look.

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I found my dream dress but I’m not sure how to accessorize it, and I definitely don’t want to overdo it. Is there a musthave accessory every bride needs?

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I found a designer sample gown I love for just a fraction of the cost, but it’s a few sizes too big for me. Should I throw caution to the wind and buy it?

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Many samples can be reduced one or two sizes, but most samples lose their shape when attempting to bring them in. Depending on the style lines, making the gown smaller can disrupt the silhouette and proportions. Many brides are not happy with the end result and excessive cost when everything is completed. Get an estimate from a reliable seamstress before committing to a gown that seems like a great deal.

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My mom insists I need to add an embellished sash to make my dress look more complete—but I’m not totally convinced. When is a sash or a belt overkill?

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I bought a simple, breezy dress for my upcoming destination wedding in Mexico. What’s the best way to transport a wedding gown on an airplane?

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When traveling with your gown, the best protection is the bag the gown arrived in—with an additional second bag. If the designer provided a breathable fabric bag, purchase an opaque plastic bridal bag to protect against dirt, rain and prying eyes. And never check your precious cargo. You should always carry on your gown. The airline will usually be happy to help you find a hanging space or a free overhead bin.

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I bought the first dress I tried on and now I’m having second thoughts. I felt sure it was the right gown for me when I put it on, but I’m having regrets. What can I do?

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Unfortunately, dress regret is a common problem— especially if you made a snap decision. This is a perfect time to hire a bridal stylist to solve this problem for you. Your wedding planner or recently married friends can help with a referral. A bridal stylist can suggest a styling change with new accessories, or redesign some elements of the gown to make it work for you. If all else fails, she can assist you in finding a new gown quickly. Definitely call in a professional before wasting time or money at this stage in the game. Get more expert style tips at TheKnot.com/fashion

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My pick for a must-have bridal accessory is a hair piece or fresh flowers. Many brides prefer a natural, undone hairstyle, and adding some sparkle or a floral element is the best way to look like a bride throughout the day—even without a traditional veil. Try a variety of different hairstyles and hair pieces while wearing your gown during fittings. It’s difficult to decide what looks best without all the elements in place.

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You’ve probably heard, “You’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a dress that’s budget friendly, flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? It’s actually totally doable. Stick to these rules to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune and will make your girls feel gorgeous. >>

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keep costs in mind If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids generally pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable price range, or select a color you like and let them pick a style off the rack that won’t require a lot of alterations. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Vow to Be Chic and Rent the Runway let your girls choose from gowns by popular designers (like Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo) in a range of styles—for a fraction of the cost.

Consider what kind of shopping experience will suit your personality best. If you tend to have strong opinions, it’s probably better to shop alone (or with just one friend). If you prefer more input, take the whole gang and give them guidelines, like color or fabric. To make the bridesmaid dress shopping experience enjoyable for your girls, start the day with a leisurely brunch (read: mimosas) to ensure everyone is relaxed. And when your girls give their opinions on the dresses they love—or don’t love as much— take them into consideration. Even if you disagree with their suggestions, it never hurts to make your besties feel heard. After all, they actually have to wear the dress.

stick to a timeline It takes two to three months for orders to arrive and four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your bridesmaids ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially in more popular sizes. If you’re renting, it usually takes at least two weeks to receive your order, so plan accordingly.

find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is planning to lose weight and wants to buy a size smaller, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. If the dress ends up being too small, she’ll likely have to order a new one or deal with even more costly alterations, and you’d hate for that to happen. >>

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flatter their figures Styles for every shape in your bridal party.

a-line

This style extends out from the waist in the shape of an “A” (as the name implies). BEST FOR Almost every figure, and bridesmaids who prefer a more classic silhouette.

empire

This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. BEST FOR Girls with smaller chests. It’s definitely a must for pregnant bridesmaids.

dropped waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt flares at the hips. BEST FOR Bridesmaids with hourglass figures— this silhouette will show off every curve.

bubble

These skirts have fabric bunched together at the hemline. Knee-length options are usually the most flattering. BEST FOR Ladies with larger hips—the poufy skirt will draw attention to their waistline.

trumpet

This style hugs the body around the waist and thighs and then flares out toward the bottom. BEST FOR Women with curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.

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This skirt style is fitted, starting from the waist and going to the knee. BEST FOR Petite bridesmaids—the minimal fabric won’t overwhelm them.

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do a test run Here’s the deal: Your bridesmaids don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be standing in front of a room full of friends and family too. When choosing a style, don’t ask your friends to wear something you wouldn’t yourself. The best way to prove you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does the fit make you feel selfconscious? Is the fabric itchy? If you answer yes, move on. When you find one you’d love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem convincing your friends to get on board.

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select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off of the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright yellow dresses. Rich colors—oxblood and teal—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—lavender and blush—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss, go for a classic color, like blue, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades from light to dark for a trendy, mismatched effect. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider printed or heavily embellished gowns (floral-print and sequined bridesmaid dresses are hot right now). Just remember: Patterns and metallics work best in smaller wedding parties and should be paired with simple accessories. Or you could flout tradition and opt for an all-white bridal party, à la Kate Middleton or Solange Knowles, for an unexpected look that’s crisp and chic.

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If you’re taking the whole gang bridesmaid dress shopping, begin the day with a leisurely brunch to make sure your girls are feeling relaxed.

find complementary colors Think about choosing a hue that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and gray, are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while brighter, bolder hues, like cobalt blue and hot pink, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try universally flattering metallics, like champagne or rose gold. If you’re opting for a standout print, make sure the dominant colors work with your entire bridal party. Or, alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a printed dress and keep the rest of your girls in solid colors.

consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (think: strapless, one shoulder or thin straps), your bustier bridesmaids may need some extra support. Trust us— even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific panty or body shaper.

don’t dictate the footwear Insisting bridesmaids purchase a particular pair of shoes may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it also creates another expense. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again, especially if they’ve been dyed a specific color. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic heels they’d be thrilled to reuse. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own comfortable shoes means blister-free dancing.

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Once tied, the tip of the tie should hit the top of the belt—not above it and not below it. But ideally, your jacket will be buttoned, hiding the end of your tie.

suspenders

Whether you choose a cummerbund or vest, suspenders are essential because you can’t wear a belt. I’ve made the mistake of wearing a tux without suspenders—I thought the pants fit well, but I ended up tugging at them all night.

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I firmly believe if you’re wearing a tuxedo in any color—black, navy or gray—the only way to accessorize is with a white shirt and black silk bow tie. This goes for a white dinner jacket as well. Never wear a white bow tie—it’s only appropriate if you’re wearing a morning suit, and they’re mostly reserved for the royal family. For suits, I almost always prefer a tie, tied in a Windsor knot, over a bow tie. But if the textile is heavier, a Windsor knot isn’t going to work. In that case, I’d suggest a half-Windsor. The double Windsor is something that’s made its way into people’s vocabulary, but it’s a misnomer—it doesn’t really exist. The only time a bow tie feels appropriate with a suit is if you’re going for a playful look. Then I could see a madras, linen or seersucker in a darker color working, depending on the season and location of the event. Although, I would stick with darker colors, which feel more formal.

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Under all circumstances, cuff links should be silver. Unless you are some sort of royalty, gold just feels too flashy. Some men choose mother of pearl cuff links, but I think they tend to blend in with the rest of the shirt. In that case, buy a shirt with a placket that hides the button. Get more fashion advice at TheKnot.com/fashion

You should always wear a pocket square— it dresses everything up. For a tux, regardless of the color, your pocket square should be white and folded into a crisp rectangle with no flourish. When it comes to a suit, you can experiment a bit more with colors and patterns. Just keep in mind that your tie and pocket square should never be an exact match, but should complement each other and be in the same color family. A rectangular fold is always appropriate, or you can add a flourish with different folds, like what I call “the ghost.” Hold the pocket square in the middle and let it drape, then place it into the pocket—it has a nice, organic shape.

shoes For a tuxedo, you must wear tux shoes. There are two textiles I would suggest you choose from: black patent leather and black velvet. Which one you pick is just a matter of taste. A great dress shoe is all you need for a suit. The harder part seems to be deciding whether to wear black or brown. In that case, look at the color of the buttons on the suit. They’re usually either black or brown, and that will dictate what color shoes you should wear.

tim’s pocket square tip

Silk pocket squares are slippery and can disappear into your pocket by the end of the evening. Put a piece of paper towel behind the pocket square to keep it perfectly in place.

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settings glossary The frame around your diamond can determine the style of your engagement ring, so choose wisely.

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1. PRONG The most popular ring setting, including anywhere from three to six claws or tines. Price upon request, Forevermark.com 2. THREE STONE A center stone flanked by two side diamonds. Also known as a trinity or trilogy, a three-stone setting often represents the past, present and future. Price upon request, JBirnbach.com 3. BEZEL A sleek metal rim surrounds the perimeter of the center stone, holding it in place. This modern setting is ideal for protecting

softer stones (like opals), and its smooth surface won’t snag on clothing. $2,880 (not including center stone), Danhov.com 4. BAGUETTE Two smaller rectangular stones along the sides of the center diamond. They can also be set horizontally. $59,995, MarkBroumand.com 5. PAVÉ From the Old French word for “to pave,” a band lined (or paved) with tiny round diamonds, resulting in subtle, allover sparkle. $2,640, SimonGJewelry.com >>

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1. SCROLLWORK A perfect companion to a vintage-inspired engagement ring, scrollwork and milgrain (rows of tiny beads) give extra flourish to a wedding ring. $4,210, KirkKara.com 2. COLORFUL METAL Besides being on trend, rose gold is universally flattering. $1,425, Ammara Stone, BenchmarkRings.com 3. MIXED METALS Your wedding band and engagement ring don’t have to match. Consider a mixed metal band for a fashion-forward look. $4,825, ParadeDesign.com

4. ETERNITY BAND Also called an infinity ring, this band has identical stones set in a continuous line. The circle symbolizes endless love. $5,525, MartinFlyer.com 5. ALLOVER PAVÉ Similar to a pavé engagement ring setting, a band covered in tiny diamonds adds subtle sparkle. $2,420, SimonGJewelry.com 6. TRIANGULAR BAND A statement all on its own, this edgy band also complements a pear-shaped or trillion diamond. $2,795 for set of 3, EffyJewelry.com

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t  he 4 Cs A quick breakdown of this diamond grading system. CUT A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance and refers to the facets within the stone. Don’t confuse this with the shape of a diamond, which is the geometry of the stone. CLARITY The clarity of a diamond is graded on how free it is of inclusions (otherwise known as imperfections) when viewed with the naked eye and with a loupe (a 10x magnifying glass). The fewer inclusions a stone has, the more valuable it is.

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CARAT A unit of weight. One carat is exactly 0.2 grams, or about the same weight as a standard paper clip. COLOR This refers to the colorless to near-colorless variety. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades color based on a range from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow and brown). A colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare (think: green or red diamonds).

a guide to metals Know your platinum from your palladium? Study up with a rundown of some of the most popular ring metals. PLATINUM Naturally white and one of the purest metals. It won’t change color and is hypoallergenic. YELLOW GOLD Malleable, yet strong. Also available in colors like white and pink. WHITE GOLD Yellow gold plated with rhodium. Less expensive than platinum, but the white coating could wear off over time. ROSE GOLD A mix of yellow gold and copper alloys gives this rosy metal its pretty pink tint. PALLADIUM Similar to platinum but less costly, this lustrous darker gray metal can also be an alloy in white gold. TITANIUM Typically used for men’s bands, a rugged gray metal that’s corrosion resistant and hypoallergenic.

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think beyond earrings Looking for a super-simple way to add a bit of personality to your wedding dress (and help create the illusion of curves)? Try a belt or sash. A fashionable fastener is an easy way to customize your gown and change its look without having to make expensive alterations. A classic beaded or floral-embellished satin sash or trendier metallic belt will give even the simplest dress an instant upgrade. The key to choosing the right waist cincher is to find one that works with your body type. Thin belts are best suited for short torsos, while wider belts work well with longer ones. If you’re an apple shape, think about a beaded or heavily embellished belt to flatter your midsection. If you’re petite, a belt with a V-shape appliqué will elongate your body. As a general rule, stick with a style that’s no more than three inches wide—you don’t want to overpower the rest of your gown.

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YOUR VEIL SHOULD MATCH THE SHADE OF YOUR GOWN.

A veil in the wrong shade of white can look out of place. If you’re wearing a colorful gown, consider dyeing your veil to match. KEEP YOUR DRESS DETAILS IN MIND. If your dress has a lot going on, go with something simple that won’t steal the spotlight. WATCH YOUR BACK. If showing off the back of your dress is a must—say you have gorgeous embroidery or beading—choose a sheer veil rather than one with two layers of tulle. CONSIDER YOUR SIZE. Longer waltz or floor-length veils will elongate a petite frame while mid-length styles, like fingertip or elbow, can visually cut you in half, making them a better pick for taller brides. Short styles, like a birdcage, work for all shapes and sizes and lend a retro vibe to your gown. >>

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new “something blue” ideas We’ve got seven fresh ideas for this time-honored tradition.

your clutch

Stash your day-of essentials in a colorful blue clutch. Try a navy minaudière for a formal event, or a silver or pearl-encrusted one with a light blue lining.

your lingerie

Save your “something blue” for your spouse’s eyes only. Find a lingerie set in a romantic cornflower shade. Or choose one with blue accents, like bows.

your wedding ring

Why limit this stylish color to just your wedding day? You can wear it forever when you choose a wedding band lined with beautiful blue sapphires.

your nails

We’re not suggesting you get a neon-blue manicure (or pedicure, if you’re wearing open-toe shoes) for your wedding. Try a powder-blue polish for a subtle and soft nod to this tradition.

your bridesmaid dresses Have your attendants represent your “something blue” in navy dresses. A major plus of this plan: Your friends will thank you for choosing this versatile shade.

your hair accessories

A hair clip or headband in a cool cobalt color with geometric patterns can give off an art-deco vibe, while romantic periwinkle blossoms work for a garden affair.

the soles of your shoes

For just a hint of blue, try a pair of heels with a blue sole. You can also personalize the bottom of your shoes with a blue marker or even blue rhinestones. Add your new monogram or wedding date. Or have your soon-to-be-spouse write a note for you to find when you put your shoes on the morning of.

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match your metals You may not realize this, but some metals look better with certain dress colors. As a general rule, ivory is best paired with gold since it highlights the creamy tint of the fabric. For a pure white dress, choose accents in silver or platinum or with pearl detailing (gold may clash with brighter white hues). You can have your pick with a diamond-white gown: This barely off-white color looks amazing with yellow gold, rose gold, silver or pearls. If the dress you chose is already embellished with beadwork, let that dictate the colors of your accessories. For example, if your gown has silver beading, pick a necklace, bracelet or earrings with a silver base.

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remember: less is more You don’t need a veil, tiara, necklace, sash and earrings. Accessories add a unique touch to your look, but one too many can be over the top with an already embellished gown. Before you start shopping, take an inventory of your gown’s standout features and then base your choices around them. If your dress has an ornate neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace. For a simpler gown, try a bold statement necklace or fascinator. When it comes to earrings, take a cue from your hairstyle. If you’re leaving your hair down and over your ears, small studs or drops will do. But for an updo, you might want something a little more dramatic, like a pair of chandelier danglers. Lastly, it’s a good idea to avoid designs that closely mimic the embellishments on your gown—you don’t want to look too matchy-matchy.

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cover it up A stylish cover-up is a must if you’re getting married during the cooler months or at a house of worship that requires you to wear something over your shoulders. From capelets to fur stoles, the options are endless. The key is to choose one that strikes the perfect balance with your gown. Simple, understated styles can be paired with more embellished cover-ups, like a beaded capelet or bold feather bolero for added personality. For already ornate gowns, try a more minimal accent. A delicate lace jacket or a chiffon wrap will keep you warm without competing with your gown.

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top it off Veils not really your thing? From combs and clips to fascinators, there are plenty of other ways to finish your look. Choose your hairstyle before you pick your accessory, since some types will look better with updos than others. A flower crown, for example, is best with loose locks. You should also consider your hair type—dainty accessories may be perfect for fine hair, but won’t be as noticeable with thick waves. Most importantly, make sure whatever you choose feels secure while you’re moving around.

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keep it comfy No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes—and your wedding day look is no exception. Of course you’ll want a killer pair to go with that gorgeous dress, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. Don’t forget: You’ll be standing for long periods of time, and you don’t want to be cringing in pain before you’ve even hit the dance floor. While shopping, consider the height of the heel (the taller you go, the higher the pain potential), the type of straps and the material the shoe is made of. Your feet need to be well supported (think: ankle and toe straps over slipons) to avoid instability. Look for high-quality, natural materials. They’re more comfortable than synthetic ones and are also more durable, meaning you’ll be able to wear them again. For the best fit, go shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are swollen from activity, and give yourself plenty of time to break in your new kicks before the wedding. Wear them around the house a couple weeks prior to the day, noting any areas that are prone to blisters. To make your shoes more comfortable, consider buying moleskin, strap stickers or gel insoles designed specifically for heels. Shoes too strappy to conceal an insole or grip? Pick up a spray or cream that protects against friction or provides pain relief. >>

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consider your décolletage Pairing your neckline style with the proper adornment can add character to your wedding gown, or even highlight a unique feature. Follow these simple guidelines: SWEETHEART OR STRAPLESS For something a little different, skip the necklace and focus on an elegant pair of chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look, or add punch with a hint of color. Try using a meaningful gem, like your birthstone, or pick a hue from the flowers in your bridal bouquet. For a more romantic look, include two or three small fresh or silk flowers in your hair to add a soft, organic feel. Vintage elegance more your style? Pay homage to the past with an art-deco-like bracelet or some roaring twenties–inspired feather barrettes.

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If your family jewelry isn’t “you,” head to a trusted jeweler to repurpose it. See if you can change the design or setting before you scrap vintage pieces—you might even end up with a new favorite bauble.

HALTER OR REVERSE HALTER For this shoulder-baring style, skip the necklace and focus on dressing up your tresses. Try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins or an embellished hair vine. If you’ve got a curly mane, five to seven hairpins is the perfect number, while brides with thinner locks or shorter hair need fewer—just two or three pins will do the trick.

V-NECK Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style begs for a little décolletage decoration. A thin chain with a delicate pendant (we love the idea of small diamonds or gemstones) or a lariat is an elegant way to accessorize, while pearls (single or double stranded) are always a classic choice. If you’re going for a more decadent look, a crystal choker or statement necklace with matching earrings could be the perfect combination.

Get more accessory inspo at TheKnot.com/fashion

made to last Five tricks for keeping your shoes in tip-top shape.

Love a pair of shoes but not the height of the heels? You can ask your cobbler to decrease the height of your shoes up to a half inch by re-heeling (think: more comfortable stilettos). Keep in mind re-heeling your shoes could take up to a month, so allow yourself some extra time.

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Cleaning your shoes regularly will protect the material. For most leathers—patent included—rubbing with a soft cotton cloth almost always does the trick. For more sensitive materials, like suede, buy a suede brush or sponge and protection spray.

get a base lift

Have a cobbler put rubber guards on leather-soled shoes to prevent slipping or water damage.

shape up

If you’re wearing pointy shoes, consider shoe shapers to help the toe box keep its shape.

wrap it up

Proper storage will help your favorite footwear last longer. To keep your shoes free of dust, which can damage leather, store them in bags rather than hard plastic containers. Flannel bags let air pass through, won’t damage sensitive fabrics and prevent mold from forming.

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You’ll want to make sure you’re flashing a set of perfect pearly whites at your wedding. (After all, you have a lot to smile about!) Luckily, there’s never been a better array of at-home whitening treatments offering results comparable with pricey in-office procedures—for a fraction of the cost. We put some of the most popular treatments to the test and polled the professionals to get the skinny on the best ways to achieve, and maintain, your most dazzling, camera-ready smile. >>

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teeth-whitening kits The most popular kits on the market now are strips, trays and gels. We’ve tested them all, and they’re equally effective—it’s just a difference of application, sensitivity and strength. A form of peroxide is the active ingredient in all over-the-counter teethwhitening products. The concentration of the whitening ingredient and length of time teeth are exposed determine the degree of whitening and the likelihood of sensitivity.

trays Also prefilled with a whitening gel, trays ensure you get the perfect dose every time. The downside for anyone with super-sensitive teeth is that it’s harder to minimize contact with gums. While we were pleasantly surprised by the thin, flexible trays in Dazzlepro 7-Day Smilepacks ($25, BedBathandBeyond.com), one size definitely does not fit all. However, after sampling all 14 disposable molds for a week, we were very pleased with our noticeably more lustrous chompers. gels The most “hands-on” application method, gels are smeared directly on teeth by gliding the gels in a quick back-and-forth brushing motion, requiring a steady and dexterous hand. If you’re willing to splurge, we got more bang for our buck with Philips Zoom DayWhite gel treatment (USA.Philips.com) than with other alternatives. The trays are molded to your mouth by a dentist, but you apply the gel at home. “Custom-fitted trays allow for more comfort and efficiency,” Lazare says. If you salivate a lot while whitening (which is common), Philip’s Zoom NiteWhite trays work while you sleep. “Since you salivate less while you sleep, this option could offer better results,” Lazare says. After using our Philips Zoom DayWhite trays for two weeks, we had noticeably more radiant smiles. >>

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gel versus laser whitening Pros and cons of the two most popular professional treatments.

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creates trays in the office for you to take, you can whiten at home. • It can get your teeth up to 10 shades whiter. • Professional trays (versus overthe-counter ones) minimize the amount of bleach that can get on the gums and cause irritation.

way to see the most dramatic results. • It usually doesn’t require multiple treatments. • The results last longer than any other treatment.

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• You’ll have to use the trays every night for two weeks. • It’s not as pricey as laser treatments, but will still cost from $200 to $400. • Some treatments require that you sleep with trays in, which can be uncomfortable. • It’s best not to eat or drink for several hours after application.

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• It’s pretty pricey— it can run up to $1,000, depending on where you live. • You might feel some gum sensitivity and achiness afterward. • If you have deep stains or discoloration, it could require two treatments.

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strips By far the most foolproof option, thin, disposable strips come pre-coated with a whitening gel formula. We just had to align the strips with the gumline, press the gel side on the fronts of the teeth and fold the excess underneath and behind the teeth to secure the strips in place. “Strips are generally inexpensive and easy to use and travel with,” says Marc Lazare, DDS, MAGD. “If you’ve had professional whitening treatments previously, strips are a good option for touch-ups.” Though it was a bit of a time commitment, we had brighter smiles after trying Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips ($36, Amazon.com) for the recommended 30 minutes a day for 20 days.

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the whiter teeth diet

dazzling-smile dos and don’ts

bacteria reducers Now that your teeth are already looking whiter and brighter, you’ll want to keep them that way—at least until your wedding photographer folds up his tripod. Giving new meaning to that old adage “you are what you eat,” Mitchell Charnas, DMD, says choosing the right foods (and avoiding the wrong ones) can have a transformational effect on your teeth. For starters, he suggests getting into the habit of eating a serving of yogurt every day—perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. “Yogurt reduces the level of bacteria in the mouth, which will prevent plaque buildup, resulting in less staining of the teeth,” Charnas says. “When it comes to choosing one, look for a yogurt with active cultures and no added sugar, such as Greek yogurt.”

rethink your consuming habits In addition to watching your diet, it’s worth getting into some Hollywood smile-friendly habits. Start with one of the first things that comes into contact with your teeth on a daily basis—coffee. “Adding a tablespoon of milk to your coffee makes it much less likely to stain,” says dentist to the stars Arthur Glosman, DDS. And you might want to rethink your creamer: “The higher the fat content in milk, the more stain protection for your teeth,” he notes. Tea drinkers should consider switching from darker leaves like Earl Grey and English breakfast, which are more likely to stain, to lighter varieties such as white, green and herbal blends. Addicted to cola? Drink it at room temperature. “Extreme temperatures make teeth more porous and likely to absorb stains,” Glosman explains. And he also cautions to watch the sneaky little extras. “Ketchup, soy sauce, chocolate sauce, barbecue sauce and balsamic vinegar can all stain teeth,” he says and suggests going superlight on garnishes.

anti-yellowing agents Another weapon in your anti-yellowing arsenal is the strawberry. “The acidity found in strawberries has an ability to remove stains,” Charnas says. His recipe for creating your own at-home stain remover: Add baking soda or salt to crushed strawberries. “Apply the paste to teeth, leave on for five minutes, then brush with your regular toothpaste,” he suggests.

keep a toothbrush handy When in doubt, brush. “Try to clean teeth immediately after consuming anything that’s highly pigmented,” Glosman says. “If it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth.” Don’t have a toothbrush and paste handy? “Give your mouth a good rinse with water,” he suggests, or better yet, nosh on an apple. “Not only are apples a superfood, they’re also a wonderful way to clean teeth in a pinch.” Find more beauty tips at TheKnot.com/beauty

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stain removers Another camera-friendly choice? Surprisingly, the experts suggest acidic fruit. “Snacking on foods with a balanced amount of acidity, such as oranges and pineapples, works to oxidize stains that other sugary foods can leave on teeth and improve teeth whiteness over time,” Charnas says. Just keep in mind, too much acid can damage tooth enamel, leading to dull, sensitive teeth.

4 lipsticks for a brighter smile Try one of these shades to give the illusion of instantly whiter teeth.

Opaque red lipsticks with blue undertones can make teeth appear shades whiter. Experiment with different shades to find one that works with your skin tone. There’s a classic red for everyone.

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bright red

Not only are vivid reds hot right now, they have the added benefit of creating a stark color contrast, which makes your teeth look brighter. If a toneddown version of these hues is more your style, look for a lip stain in the cherry red family.

dark pink

A preppy alternative to red, cooler pink or berry shades also make your teeth appear whiter. Just don’t go too dark— deeper shades can accentuate stains on your teeth.

glossy pink

While matte colors can make teeth appear dull, glossy or sparkly pinks reflect light and make teeth seem more lustrous. Go bold with a bright shade or subtle with a sheer wash of glossy shimmer.

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Kristi and Thomas outfitted the ceremony site with tall blue hurricane candles, an arch decked out in seasonal blooms and blue iron garden chairs.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kristi Jackson, 29, a mergers and acquisitions advisory manager GROOM Thomas Fitz, 30, an investment banker HOW THEY MET At a work happy hour WEDDING STYLE Kristi and Thomas pulled off their lively wedding bash with the bride’s eclectic style, a pre- and postceremony cocktail hour, lawn games and delicious Tex-Mex in picture-perfect Hill Country. —Marissa Hermanson

“The venue itself was so breathtaking, including all of the tables, chairs and chandeliers,” Kristi says of only adding simple floral arrangements to the setting. “I didn’t want the décor to take away from the charm.”

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Tables were set with blue-and-white Mexican Talavera plates, blue water glasses and white napkins, and greenery, rose gold vases and cobalt blue votives acted as the centerpiece for a polished yet quaint feel. The wedding arch featured cheery gold, orange and coral blooms to complement the bridal bouquet.

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Kristi wrapped her bouquet in lace from her mother’s wedding dress, along with a turquoise necklace she made with her grandmother when she was a little girl.

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As her “something blue,” Kristi accessorized her gown with blue lace-up heels.

The couple enjoyed their first dance as husband and wife to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison.

The couple’s three-layer confection included carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, white cake with raspberry filling and Valrhona chocolate with salted caramel filling. It was garnished with blooms and a golden, monogrammed cake topper.

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Le San Michele, Buda

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Ashley Bosnick Photography

PLANNER

Ally Hardage/In Her Shoes

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Visual Lyrics Riccobene

OFFICIANT Sam

GOWN Rivini, Ivory Bridal

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SHOES M.Gemi

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Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers

HAIR Beauty

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alessia &

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photography by Brandon Scott Photography at Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

“I loved the color scheme in the ballroom, so I added lighter elements to brighten it up,” Alessia says of including crisp white table linens, Louis Ghost chairs and tall gold vases filled with white orchids.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Alessia Frighetto, 30, a realtor GROOM Joseph (Joe) Leoni, 31, a contractor HOW THEY MET At a fundraiser WEDDING STYLE Alessia and Joe brought their boho-glam celebration to life with lush white florals, gold accents and a neutral color palette. ­—MH

“I was inspired by art deco, but I wanted to add some bohemian elements with a relaxed Austin ambience,” Alessia says. “All three things combined together well. It was cool and a little retro, but also very elegant.” For their ceremony, the couple embellished the rooftop with large vases filled with white orchids and hydrangeas, along with overgrown blooms crowning the grand fireplace mantel.

Floating XO floral arrangements were placed in the hotel’s pool for the couple’s rooftop ceremony.

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“The style was very unconventional, extremely different from anything I had ever seen in magazines let alone on a real bride,” Alessia says of her gown. The silk crepe backless dress, embellished with silk florets and crochet details, had two high slits, which allowed Alessia to show off her jeweled peep-toes. “When I tried it on I thought it was sexy but elegant and had a little bohemian flair—exactly what I wanted,” she adds.

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On the back of the menu cards, the couple snuck in a quick note to their guests. A cheeky black-and-white photograph of them had blurbs coming out of their lips that read “thank you” and “so much.”

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Friends and family placed cards and well wishes for the newlyweds in a gold mailbox that was lettered in a handsome and polished art deco font. Setting the tone for the opulent, old-world affair, Alessia and Joe sent out glitzy gold letterpress invitations to guests.

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FLOWERS DIY

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GOWN

Inbal Dror, Roma Sposa Atelier, Birmingham, MI SHOES Manolo Blahnik

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Emily Hedicki/PRIV Beauty & Wellness MAKEUP Vanessa Steele

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Wayne Clarke, Raffinée Boutique,

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MENSWEAR Giorgio

STATIONERY Invitations &

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RENTALS Marquee Event Group

CATERING & DESSERTS Kimpton Hotel Van

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The ALL Nights OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Lady Frequency A gospel choir introduced the newlyweds singing Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”

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FAVORS Macarons: Meg Reesing

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photography by Cory Ryan Photography at Star Hill Ranch

“We wanted the venue to have a distinct sense of place with authentic beauty to limit the need to dress it up,” Matt (right) says of their ranch venue.

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THEIR STORY GROOM Matt Earnest, 30, an environmental engineer GROOM Scott Tatum, 33, a high school associate principal HOW THEY MET On OkCupid.com WEDDING STYLE Matt and Scott brought their “small-town” rustic wedding at Star Hill Ranch to life with personal touches and do-it-yourself décor. —MH

The duo designed their save-the-dates and invitations together. Matt created the template while Scott digitized them. Friends and family pitched in for the day too: Their parents crafted the signage, an uncle officiated and friends lent a hand with flowers, lighting and even the band.

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In lieu of cut flowers, the couple dolled up tables with potted plants and encouraged friends and family to take them home.

Over the course of their relationship, Matt and Scott have collected paper cutout silhouettes. “Whenever we see a silhouette artist at a fair or park, we usually get ours done,” Matt says. “I also dabble in paper cutting as a hobby.” While the newlyweds’ silhouettes were on display as a decorative element, they also hired an artist to create silhouette cutouts for guests as they noshed on central Texas comfort food, including chicken and waffle bites, fried green tomatoes, and blueberry and peach cobblers.

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Matt collects globes, so the couple used one as a guest book, and it’s now on display in their home.

“Central Texas is chock full of vendors,” the couple says. “Shop around, keep your decisions high level and build a team of people who you can trust to execute your vision.” As for the help from their inner circle? “Make sure you have great friends with a background in theater production!” Scott adds.

MATT & SCOTT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Star Hill Ranch, Bee Cave PHOTOGRAPHY Cory Ryan

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photography by Mint Photography at Prospect House

“I wanted the wedding to be floral heavy but not so much that they overshadowed the minimalism of the venue,” Alexandra says. “My flowers were absolutely my favorite part of the wedding.”

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BRIDE Alexandra Logan, 26, a recruiting coordinator GROOM Christopher (Chris) Jaynes, 26, a lawyer HOW THEY MET Mutual friends put the old high school classmates back in touch WEDDING STYLE The venue provided a clean and contemporary canvas for Alexandra and Chris’s bash, as the couple embellished it in dramatic floral arrangements and a romantic color scheme of blush, plum, lavender, burgundy and emerald. —MH

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“Never did I think we would have a rainy wedding in August,” Alexandra says. “It only rained for 20 minutes that day, and it was during our ceremony. But it was so romantic and very memorable.”

Alexandra donned a long-sleeve, lace A-line gown with an illusion neckline, while her bridesmaids wore floor-length mismatched gowns in a variety of hues. “The bouquets really brought the looks together,” Alexandra says. The garden-inspired arrangements included cream, blush, lavender, burgundy and berry-colored blooms.

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The couple’s florist created a showstopping installation of smilax vine, which was attached to Prospect House’s windmill chandelier. Minimalist wood tables were simply draped with cheesecloth runners and accented with votives, allowing the luxurious floral centerpieces to pop.

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A friend penned place cards with elegant script, while Alexandra scored a calligraphy seating chart off Etsy.com.

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STATIONERY

Invitations: Paperless Post; escort cards: BHLDN; menu cards: Carolyn Jane Designs BOOK BHLDN

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CATERING Royal Fig

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Floyd Banks OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Le Photo Booth

FAVORS Chuy’s

R&R Transportation Crate & Barrel; REI

HONEYMOON Iceland

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After a sparkler send-off, the couple jetted off in a black Escalade to the Hotel San Jose in Austin’s South Congress neighborhood. “Our friends arranged for the hotel to deliver wine and a meat and cheese board within minutes of arriving, which we really appreciated,” Alexandra says.

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Emily went for a boho-chic look in a custom-made, long-sleeve lace top from Etsy.com, flower crown and short veil.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Emily Pybus, 24, a graphic designer GROOM Jonathan Cooke, 27, an insurance agent HOW THEY MET Mutual friends introduced them at their alma mater’s homecoming WEDDING STYLE The bride and groom, who is also a woodworker, used their creative skills to create décor, and they added lively details like a band, cocktails and food trucks, for a personalized affair. —MH

“Overall we wanted the wedding to feel like a backyard party—no fuss and just fun with everyone we love,” Emily says. A sign made from a refinished glass door with words Emily hand-stenciled welcomed guests to the venue. “My dad also had a key 3-D printed with our initials and hung it on the door,” she says.

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PLANNER

Mandy Millican/Modern Whimsy Events FLOWERS Emily Warr

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SHOES ASOS

ENGAGEMENT RING Charles Lynn

Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Charles Lynn Jewelers; groom: James Avery JEWELRY Bracelet: Leif; earrings: Etsy.com Brooks Beauty

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RENTALS Austin Elite; ILD Lighting;

Marquee Rentals

CATERING Roaming Hunger

CAKE Good Things Bakery

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& Beyond; Crate & Barrel; West Elm; Williams Sonoma The newlyweds danced to “More of You” by Chris Stapleton, then the band and the signature cocktails kept the party going until late in the night. The best part was when a friend stole the show and sang an impromptu cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”

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Square black invites with white embossed ink set the tone of the couple’s stylish soiree. Since they had moved from New York to Houston while they were engaged, they liked the fact that the wedding felt like a blend of both homes. To keep the formal, East Coast flair, Tiffany donned a classic ball gown with a quilted bodice. “I wanted to be a classic, elegant Vera bride, yet infuse some modern aesthetics, and feel like a princess on my wedding day,” she says.

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“I wanted a supersimple and chic white cake, with little to no decorations,” Tiffany says of the three-tier confection.

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OFFICIANT VEIL Vera

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MAKEUP FaceKandy

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Executive Education and Conference Center REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s; Heath

Ceramics; Restoration Hardware; Williams Tables were dressed in gray paisley linens and vases filled with an array of white blooms. Silver chiavari chairs, gold flatware and glass candelabras lent a sophisticated touch. And after a sparkler exit, the newlyweds sped away in a classic, white 1963 Bentley.

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Semra and Zach blended Western elements with Pakistani Muslim traditions. For a fun surprise, a sitar player even played a mash-up of Indian melodies with The Beatles songs.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Semra Malik, 31, a research analyst GROOM Zachary (Zach) Montz, 36, a history professor HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE The newlyweds paid homage to Semra’s heritage by incorporating traditional Pakistani traditions into their ceremony and reception. —MH

A vibrant palette of red and turquoise along with glitzy gold accents blended beautifully with the natural elements of the outdoor venue. “The Umlauf was our first choice,” Semra says of the sculpture garden and museum where she and Zach exchanged vows. “It brings together art and nature to create a unique space, like a secret garden in the middle of the city.”

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A variety of menu options available including buffets, hors d’oeuvres and plated meals

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Semra donned traditional Pakistani wedding attire—a long almond tunic top and Dhaka pants made of Banarasi silk—that she accessorized with jewelry her mother brought back from a trip to Karachi, Pakistan. “The star of the show was the heavily embroidered dupatta, the head covering,” Semra says. For the table decorations, the couple looked for bright Pakistani colors that would coordinate with Umlauf’s summer hues. The result: creams, corals and greenery.

The newlyweds danced to “I Only Have Eyes for You” by the Flamingos, a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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For the black-tie affair, Aly donned an all-lace gown with custom illusion netting sleeves that she removed for the reception, while Brandon looked dapper in a custom tuxedo and black cowboy boots.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Aly Greenblum, 27, a senior research manager at GLG GROOM Brandon Phillips, 33, a senior manager of Air Accounts at Expedia HOW THEY MET At the bride’s cousin’s wedding WEDDING STYLE Aly and Brandon infused their downtown loft space with a neutral color palette, gold décor and lush florals. —MH A traditional Jewish ceremony and “epic dance party” with Motown hits made the couple’s celebration a night to remember. After saying “I do” under a chuppah adorned with voluminous hydrangeas, the couple and their guests found their seats with the help of calligraphed magnolia leaves.

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In lieu of a big wedding cake, the couple had a petite confection for cutting and offered an array of sweet treats, like s’mores tarts and crème brûlée, for guests.

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Aram; Restoration Hardware; Williams Sonoma “I had a vision of a reception full of candlelight, neutral tones and low florals to create a warm, welcoming ambience,” Aly says. “I wanted it to feel like us: elegant but not overly formal, with an Austin vibe.”

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I bleach my hair and it’s become dry and lifeless. What can I do to revive my locks before I walk down the aisle?

The best way to fix overprocessed hair is to invest in a good haircut. I also recommend weekly mask treatments (I personally like the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hydrate Mask), especially if you’re trying to preserve your hair length. Another tip: The night before you wash your hair, spray hair oil on the ends to protect it from losing additional moisture when you shampoo.

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Skip conditioner, which can weigh down your strands and make them appear oily. Then, experiment with volumizing products. After you’re done styling, spray a little dry shampoo at your roots and brush through for extra texture and volume.

Foolproof highlighting trends to try before your “I dos.”

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ombré. Rather than an extreme color change from dark brown to light blonde, sombré hair gradually becomes lighter at the tips. WHY IT’S FOOLPROOF A sombré strikes the balance between a trendy ombré and a more elegant bridal look. It’s edgy, but not too much.

My hair barely brushes my shoulders, but I’m considering getting extensions before my wedding. Any tips?

If you’re getting permanent extensions, put them in the week of the wedding so they’re fresh. If you’re going the removable clip-in route, get them two weeks before your wedding to check out their look and feel. With all extensions, make sure the color matches your actual hair color—and don’t go too long.

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I want to change my hair color, but I know it’s risky to dye your hair close to the wedding. What are my options?

Never attempt drastic color change before your wedding. You do have options if you’re looking for a subtle change. If you have gray roots, take care of them as close to your wedding as possible to avoid any regrowth. Highlights should be done two weeks before the wedding in case the color needs to be adjusted.

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I’m having an outdoor wedding and I’m worried my curly hair will get frizzy. How do I keep the flyaways at bay?

Smoothing products help repel humidity and control frizz (like the Matrix Biolage SmoothProof line). Use a serum on damp hair before your blow-dry. Then have your stylist take small sections and blow-dry each one individually until it’s smooth. For a more permanent fix, consider a keratin treatment or relaxer. Find more hair tips for your wedding TheKnot.com/hair

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technique,” ecaille is similar to dip-dye trends, but starts closer to the root, giving hair a more understated, marbleized look by blending blonde streaks and darker caramel tones. WHY IT’S FOOLPROOF Since ecaille mixes both highlights and warmer brown tones, it works in any season and with most hair textures.

babylights WHAT IT IS With babylights, the majority of your hair should be its natural color, with just a few face-framing golden pieces to mimic natural, summery highlights. The goal is to look like you just spent a day at the beach. WHY IT’S FOOLPROOF Even more understated than sombré and ecaille, babylights is probably the most subtle coloring route you can go, making it great for trendsetters and low-key brides alike.

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get moving Is there better fitness motivation than wanting to look your best for your wedding and honeymoon? “It’s not about discipline, it’s about desire,” says Doug Rice, bridal fitness expert and founder of Bridalicious Boot Camp. “Take advantage of this rare window of opportunity to be super-driven. There may never be another time like this in your life.” Desire is greatest in the months leading up to your day, so put that motivation to good use.

start early Wedding planning is stressful enough, so don’t add more anxiety and frustration to the mix by procrastinating on your fitness routine. The earlier you can put your workout plan into effect the better. Get started at least six months before the wedding, especially if you’re looking to drop a few pounds or tone specific areas. Inevitably life happens, so you’ll have wiggle room to still hit your target on time. “We all lose focus at times and might have a few bad days—or weeks,” Rice says. “Also, once you shed any weight, you’ll want enough time to tone up and sculpt your physique so you look absolutely fabulous in that dress.”

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aim for balance Of course you’ll want to focus on the parts of your body that will be on display in your gown, but don’t neglect other areas. The most successful fitness plans balance nutrition with exercise. “Many brides just want to focus on their upper body because of their gowns, but you want to work on your entire body to create symmetry and balance,” says Cynthia Conde, celebrity trainer, creator of Bridal Bootcamp and founder of The Fitness Loft. “Don’t forget—eventually, the dress comes off.” Plus, too much time in the gym can actually backfire. Build recovery days into your plan by taking a meditation class or treating yourself to a spa day.

know what it takes If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get the same results, Rice advises. Want to make more progress? Then prepare to push yourself a bit harder, try a new type of activity or work out more often. Rice recommends a minimum of three to four 30-minute sessions of cardio per week and the same amount of strength training, though that will need to be adjusted depending on your goals. If you want to lose weight more rapidly, you’ll need to kick your cardio up to five or six times per week. Don’t stress over the thought of cardio though. Rice is a proponent of short bursts of high intensity activity over steady state cardio. Add intervals of sprints during a fast-paced walk or up the resistance for short spells on a spin bike. >>

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our favorite apps for tracking your progress Keeping tabs on your fitness journey is easier said than done. Try these apps for quick and stress-free ways to monitor your goals—with workouts too.

nike+ training club

HOW IT WORKS: Created by a team of pros (the Nike master trainers), this app has a cache of over 100 workouts, with something for every fitness level. Each one comes with a video tutorial, so it’s no big deal if you’re a total beginner. And it’s super simple to use. Choose a program (“get toned,” “get strong,” “get lean” and “get focused”) and it’ll give you tailored, easy exercise plans—built-in rest days included. (Free, iOS and Android)

mapmyrun

HOW IT WORKS: Just have this app running (pun intended!) while you pound the pavement. It will record your mileage via GPS, telling you your overall pace with splits per mile. Save your route at the end of each workout so you can see your progress through the week. MapMyRun will send you weekly emails with your results and congratulate you for reaching new milestones. (Free, iOS and Android)

pocket yoga

HOW IT WORKS: This handy app is literally a yoga instructor inside your phone, soothing voice and all. Take your pick from a variety of practices, adjust your time and difficulty level, then roll out your mat and begin. The Zen vocal tone guides you through the poses as if you were in a studio class, even telling you when to inhale and exhale. ($3, iOS and Android)

7 minute workout challenge

HOW IT WORKS: Twelve exercises that can be performed in seven minutes but are the equivalent of an hour-long workout? Seems far-fetched. But this seven-minute fitness challenge is backed by serious peerreviewed research. The app will instruct you during each of the activities, track your results and encourage you on your journey. ($3, iOS and Android)

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set small goals Nothing makes you feel more motivated to keep going than actually hitting your goals. The key, Rice says, is to keep them small and specific. Write them down in a journal and make a note as you reach each milestone, keeping a record of your successes. He gave a few examples: WEEK ONE: Work out at least twice and strength train. Do cardio two times during the week for at least 20 minutes. WEEK TWO: Repeat your fitness regimen from week one, but add 10 minutes to your two cardio workouts. Cut out all soft drinks for the entire week.

lose fat, not muscle Your body has a cap of how much fat you can blast at any given time. Greg Doyle, founder of Wedding Gym and fitness author, explains you can try to lose more weight, but it may not be from fat. “The weight you lose may be from muscle, which isn’t good because losing muscle means messing with your metabolism,” he explains. To stay in the healthy zone, he says to follow this guideline: If your weight loss goal is 20 pounds, don’t try and rush to lose that amount in a month. Instead, aim for losing one percent per week to keep your body healthy and on track.

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feel the burn Conde recommends boosting the intensity of your cardio and strength-training programs every week. “Brides shouldn’t be afraid of increasing the weight load,” she says. “This is required to challenge your body and take it past a plateau. And no, increased strength training does not necessarily equal a masculine physique.” If you’re not sure how much weight will work, consider investing in a few personal training sessions so a professional can set you up with a regimen that will help you get toned without bulking up.

be realistic Setting a big fitness goal can help keep you on your game, but be careful. If you aim too high you may be setting yourself up for failure. “Not every bride must be a size two on her wedding day,” Conde says. She suggests realistically evaluating what your ideal weight should be and if you’re capable of getting there in a healthy way. Once you have an attainable goal in mind, be prepared to do the amount of work in the time it will take to reach it. “I sit down and walk people through their goals,” Doyle says. “I’ll tell them, ‘That would be a five-pound loss every week in your time frame— have you ever lost five pounds per week consistently?’ Then we have a serious conversation about whether or not they’ll be willing to work that hard.”

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adjust your eating habits The best way to get the most out of any exercise routine is to pair it with healthy eating habits. “You can lose weight through diet alone, but it’s exceedingly difficult to lose body fat by leaving your diet the same and trying to exercise it off,” Rice says. The simplest way to get started? Eat more vegetables. “I’ve had clients who decided to eat more vegetables and within a week, their body fat dropped 2 percent and their abs started to show,” Doyle adds. If you’re worried about feeling hungry, focus on superfoods like broccoli, eggs and walnuts, which fill you up faster, keep you feeling full longer and help you lose weight.

create a visual diary Snap a selfie! Doyle recommends taking pictures of yourself regularly as a means of tracking fitness progress since you’re likely losing fat but adding muscle. Since muscle, which is dense, takes up half the space of fat, it means the scale may indicate that you haven’t lost much weight. Don’t get too caught up in what the scale says, though. A picture will let you see how much better you’re looking in your clothes, the definition that’s starting to show in your stomach or how toned your arms are in your strapless gown. “You’re not walking down the aisle with a number on your forehead,” Doyle says. “Your guests aren’t going to see how much you weigh. They’ll see how great you look.” >>

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change perspectives Instead of looking at your fitness goals as chores, try to see your workout sessions as time you have control over, Conde says. It’s a place you can escape from the day-to-day drama of wedding planning and spend time with yourself. Turn off your cell and forget about your list of to-dos. Focus on pedaling that bike, enjoying the breeze as you run or challenging yourself in a new yoga pose. And have fun! Take a friend to a dance class, design playlists of your favorite songs for your next workout or shop for a new outfit to keep your excitement up. It’s also a great opportunity to rally your wedding party. Grab your bridesmaids for a get-fit session instead of bonding over drinks, and plan date night with your fiancé at a boxing gym instead of going to the movies. “With all the chaos around planning a wedding, it’s comforting to know you have control over how your body will look in your wedding gown and on the honeymoon,” Conde says. Find more fitness tips at TheKnot.com

recovery day at the spa Give yourself a break! Reward your body for its hard work with one (or all) of these total-body treatments.

1 hydrotherapy massage You’ll slip into a bathing suit and unwind in a water-filled tub infused with ingredients that detoxify and remineralize the skin. The treatment uses water jets to melt away tension before a massage therapist works out kinks in your muscles.

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When you have seating charts and bridesmaid issues on the brain, we’re sorry to say you can probably expect a bad dream or two. BY IVY JACOBSON Remember when you woke up on your wedding day and your dress didn’t fit, none of your guests showed up and your caterer brought in pizza instead of the five-course dinner you’ve been obsessing over for months? Don’t worry—none of this will happen in real life, but ever since you started planning, nightmare scenarios like these have likely popped up in your dreams. Here’s what it all means. >>

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Everyday stress coupled with wedding stress can have quite an effect on your subconscious, making “bridemares” an actual thing. We wanted to know more about dreams that real brides have had and what it says about their wedding stress, so we asked Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, certified dream analyst, author of Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life and founder of the website What Your Dream Means. Read on to see if you’ve been having any similar bridemares. And just remember: It may rain on your wedding day, but you definitely won’t show up naked.

“I  dreamed I was running late. As soon as I arrived, I started going down the aisle, but it never ended and I couldn’t find my fiancé or the bridal party. Then another wedding started and the other bride started walking down the aisle too. I had missed my own wedding!” Running late is a common theme in dreams, especially when you’re a bride-to-be. These running-late dreams are most often caused by deadlines in real life—and you certainly have one and it’s fast approaching. You’re probably worried about your invitations arriving in time, having all the guest seating figured out and so on, and the clock is ticking. But I also wonder if you feel getting engaged or even setting the date was a long time coming. If so, elements of that are at play here. But notice how walking down the aisle never ended—you must be feeling like all the preparations are never ending. The other bride and the other wedding may very well represent all the other weddings and brides you compare yourself to or get inspiration from. During this stressful wedding prep time, it’s important to remember to enjoy every step, even the missteps, because it’ll come and go before you know it—as if you really did miss your own wedding. “I  dreamed I sent out my invitations with the wrong date on them, didn’t realize it at all, and no one showed up to my wedding—not even my best friends.” Brides want to shine at their wedding, but they also want their guests to have a memorable time. This dream might reflect your concern with how to best accommodate your guests. But, like most dreams, it may go deeper than that. The incorrect date is the blunder in this dream. In real life, was there an issue with settling on the right date for your wedding? If so, is there still concern? Or is there a part of you that feels the engagement went too quickly or took too long? Also, guests not showing up to the wedding is a common bridemare and can sometimes reflect that the bride feels there’s someone in her life that’s not being as supportive as she’d like. If that’s the case with you, your dream is bringing it to your attention so you can address it in real life.

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“I  dreamed I showed up on our wedding day and didn’t have my dress, and I was running around trying to find a dress while all our guests were there.” The dress is one of the most important things to a bride, so it’ll be the star of many of her bridemares leading up to the wedding. What’s the status of your dress right now? Do you have one picked out? Are you waiting on alterations? If your dress isn’t yet secure and ready to go, then this dream is an expression of your frustration or anxiety over the dress being absolutely 100 percent perfect. But if your dress is picked out, purchased and ready, there must be something else that isn’t yet in place that your subconscious is worried about. Ask yourself what else in your life feels the same as not having your dress on your wedding day. What are you feeling ill equipped to handle? What’s of vital importance to you in your life right now but seems to be missing? “I  dreamed my hair and makeup weren’t ready for my wedding in time, so I had to walk down the aisle with wet hair and zero makeup.” Time pressure is very prevalent in most bridemares because so much has to be done, and done right, in time for the wedding. But the specifics in these dreams will point to issues in real life. Your hair and makeup could simply reflect all the loose ends you need to tie up in regards to the wedding, but also ask yourself if there’s any other unfinished business you have to take care of with family or friends before your wedding day. Dreams often use word play. Is there anyone you need to “make up” with? Hair in dreams often symbolizes what’s on our mind in real life at the time of the dream. Your hair was wet, which may mean you need to get your thoughts in order so you can make up. Your dream might be warning you that walking down the aisle with any unfinished business on your mind just isn’t a good look. “I  dreamed on several occasions that both my wedding gown and my matron of honor’s dresses went MIA and our only apparel option ended up being sequin blazers.” To be honest, I think sequin blazers would rock. But I understand you wishing to take the more traditional route. Since your matron of honor and you are in the same predicament in this dream, ask yourself what predicament you both recently shared in real life. It may not even have to do with the wedding at all. Since the dream focused on clothing, maybe it’s about the way you appeared to others while you were handling a certain issue. Whatever it was, your dream seems to be showing that you and your matron of honor managed to come out of it shining. Sounds to me like you chose the perfect honor attendant. >>

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“I dreamed my parents couldn’t make it because they were stuck in an airport for almost two weeks.” I’ve found that whenever a specific amount of time or a specific amount of anything is in a dream, it can be connected to that same quantity of something in real life. You have the specific time frame of two weeks, so ask yourself, at the time of this dream, what had been going on for two weeks? Or was something supposed to happen in two weeks? You also have the common dream theme of being stuck. That happens when something in our waking life has ceased to progress. Did anything between you and your parents stall? Were you having a disagreement and did you come to an impasse? What else would you say was stuck in your life at the time? The airport is a clue that this may have to do with something you had “high” hopes for, something that could really take off. I think your dream is showing you that some sort of decision needs to be made to get the progress going again so you can walk down the aisle with total peace of mind. “I dreamed multiple times that I didn’t have my vows written for the ceremony.” We’ll get the same dream again and again when we’re dealing with an unresolved issue—for as long as the issue continues, so will the dream. Let’s start with the obvious: Were you struggling with writing your vows at the time of these dreams? If so, this is simply your subconscious nagging you about what you need to do. If not, there may have been some other commitment you were struggling with. Look at any promises you may have made to yourself first. For example, did you commit to a DIY project before your wedding and was that a struggle for you? Your dream is a good example of how the dreaming mind does not like complacency. Get more expert advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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5 prewedding sleep solutions Real fixes to help you finally catch those zzz’s.

set an exercise and bedtime routine

Sticking to a daily fitness regimen reduces stress and improves sleep. A spin class or run will bust nervous energy and make you sleepy come bed time. And 20 minutes before you hit the sheets, wind down with a warm shower or soothing stretches.

power down early Scrolling through Instagram before bed is a sleep stealer— the light your device emits stimulates your brain. Set your smartphone to a nighttime setting so your screen uses a softer light.

make time for meditation

Calm your racing mind with a four-seven-eight breath visualization technique. Sit with your spine lengthened and shoulders relaxed. First, visualize your wedding, then inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of seven, then finally exhale slowly for a count of eight. Repeat three times.

take care of your circadian rhythms

Busy to-be-weds often suffer from high cortisol, the main stress hormone that—among other things—prevents sleep and makes you cranky. Keep your hormones in check by balancing your circadian rhythm (also known as your internal clock). How? Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.

manage your multitasking

Chronic multitasking (like going from your day job to wedding planning at night) puts you at risk for those high cortisol levels. Schedule specific days for wedding planning and for time off, which will keep you focused and prevent freak-outs or all-nighters.

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“I dreamed the wedding day came and I slept in until the afternoon. I called everyone to remind them that it was my wedding day and only some of my vendors showed up.” Sleeping in a dream is often connected to sleeping through an issue in real life—needing to wake up and smell the coffee, so to speak. Is there anything, either in regards to your wedding or otherwise, you need to stop turning a blind eye toward? Since you woke up in the dream, it could mean you did have that needed “awakening” or realization in real life. The fact that only some of your vendors showed up in the dream makes me wonder if part of you feels you need to downsize in real life. Perhaps that’s the awakening you had: It’s easy to go overboard with wedding planning, and sometimes, less is more.

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10 old-school planning rules you can break

While it’s true that weddings have a lot of traditions, times have changed—and some old-school rules don’t hold up anymore. BY MEREDITH BODGAS PHOTOGRAPH BY KIM FOX PHOTOGRAPHY >>

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You must invite everyone with a guest. NEW RULE If they’ll know others, skip the plus-one. It’s still polite (and very appreciated) to invite guests’ significant others, but if you’re inviting a group of coworkers, for instance, and two or more of them are single, they should have no problem attending solo. It’s only mandatory to let guests who won’t know anyone aside from you and your fiancé bring a date—and the same goes for your wedding party (they’re shelling out big bucks for your day).

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Your registry should consist entirely of housewares for your new home. NEW RULE You can register for anything from honeymoon hotel accommodations to skiing equipment—and even cash. Lots of couples live together before they get married and may have all of the towels and cookware they’ll ever want. You can request upgraded versions of home items you already own, but nothing should stop you from creating a honeymoon or otherwise “nontraditional” registry. These are your gifts and you should be happy with them. To avoid unwanted presents, register at two to three places, including a national retailer with brick-and-mortar stores, plus an e-commerce site, at TheKnot.com/registry. And feel free to include a ping-pong table for your basement or a flat-screen television on your wish list if you don’t need (or want) yet another kitchen appliance or set of sheets.

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Brides must wear a long, white gown. NEW RULE Wear whatever you want. Sure, most brides go the long white or ivory dress route, but for your wedding day attire, anything goes—from a retro short dress to a silver, slinky sheath or a black pantsuit. We’ve seen tons of couples put their own twist on their dresses and suits. Make it colorful, make it casual—as long as you feel fabulous in your outfit. You can even skip the veil. >>

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should you do a first look? How to decide whether to take photos before you walk down the aisle.

pros

• You won’t miss a second of precious time with guests— including your cocktail hour (when couples traditionally take portraits). You put thought into that signature sip, and we don’t blame you for wanting to try it.

• You’ll get a few minutes alone to soak in the moment and prepare to walk down the aisle. You’ll have all eyes on you when you’re about to say your vows, so if there are things you want to say to each other beforehand, this is a great time to do it.

• You don’t have to worry about makeup touch-ups in case you shed a tear. Trust us: Even if you don’t normally cry, the waterworks might come on when you exchange vows.

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• You miss out on that “gasp” moment, when the ceremony venue doors open and your partner (and guests) see you for the first time. If you crave the spotlight, this can be pretty incredible.

• You’ll have to be ready even earlier for photos. Know yourself: Do you seriously hate being rushed or need tons of time to get ready for a regular night out? You might want the extra hours on the day of.

• You’re superstitious and you believe seeing each other before the ceremony is bad luck. (We don’t agree—but it’s your day.)

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The bride’s parents pay for the wedding. NEW RULE Every couple funds the festivities in different ways. Maybe your parents want to pay for every single thing, but unlike in the past where the bride’s family was expected to foot the whole bill, they’re in no way obligated to now. Grooms’ parents and couples themselves chip in nearly as often as brides’ parents do—it just depends on your family’s situation. If you’d like your partner’s parents to help, he or she will need to ask for it—not you, and certainly not your parents. Just remember: Whoever pays gets a say. If you know your mother-in-law will insist on an in-church ceremony if she contributes and you’ve got your heart set on exchanging vows on a sandy beach, you may be happier cutting your guest list than asking her to contribute funds.

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Your mom can’t throw you a shower. NEW RULE Anyone can throw your shower. People used to think it was rude for the bride’s mother to host a party where the sole purpose was for her daughter to get gifts. Other close family members were similarly forbidden from hosting too. We never really agreed with this idea—and, luckily, today’s mothers of the bride are ignoring the passé etiquette. So, encourage your mom to throw you a party if she wants to. Your bridesmaids may be itching to plan something too (multiple showers are normal), so make sure everyone coordinates before finalizing the plans—you don’t want to invite the same guests to every party.

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You have to have a rehearsal dinner. NEW RULE Feel free to skip a rehearsal dinner. When couples lived apart before saying “I do” and engagements were a few weeks long, the rehearsal dinner was often the first time both sets of parents met. Since the parents of the couple would be responsible for introductions at the wedding the next day, they needed to shake hands first—not so today. Having a rehearsal dinner is still smart when your and your partner’s parents aren’t well acquainted, but if there’s no time or room in the budget, then it’s okay to skip it, especially if your ceremony rehearsal has to take place on a weekday or you don’t have a wedding party. It’s nice to treat out-of-towners to a welcome meal, or you can just gather your closest local friends and family for a prewedding dinner, a welcome party with drinks, or a dessert party, but nothing is mandatory

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The first time you see your partner on your wedding day should be at your ceremony. NEW RULE You can spend every minute with your partner before the ceremony. We promise it’s not bad luck if he or she catches a glimpse of you in your wedding attire on the wedding day (but why not make it a surprise if you can both hold out?). Many couples who decided to wait until the ceremony to see each other would’ve preferred to have the emotional experience in private rather than in front of all of their guests. More couples are having a first look before their “I dos” and taking photos too—that way, you don’t have to miss your cocktail hour. Do what feels right to you.

Ceremony seating is based on a bride’s side and groom’s side. NEW RULE Guests can choose to sit wherever they want. It used to be that guests of the bride sat on the left side at the ceremony and guests of the groom sat on the right. Even now, plenty of your guests will go by this guideline to find their seats. But if your partner’s family is huge and yours is tiny, your ceremony will look a little weird if most people are seated on one side. And at Jewish weddings, the sides are flipped anyway. If you’re having ushers, ask them to direct your VIPs, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the like to prime seats toward the front of either side and instruct your other guests to sit in any open seat. No ushers? No problem. Place a sign in the area and have it read something like, “Choose a seat, not a side—we’re all family once the knot is tied.” >>

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5 wedding traditions you’ve never heard of See how couples marry around the world.

Looking for a wedding perfume or cologne? In Sweden, grooms sew small pockets of herbs, like thyme, into their clothes for good luck. But if you try it, beware: You may smell like Thanksgiving dinner.

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You must walk down the aisle. NEW RULE You don’t have to walk anywhere. Perhaps you’re a flats-wearing gal and your trip down the aisle may turn into a real trip in your wedding heels. Or maybe you’d prefer to skip all the hoopla that’s associated with that long walk. Whatever your rationale, it’s your prerogative. Your partner is already going to be up at the altar, so why can’t you be too? Who says you have to have a processional at all? Yet, for Jewish weddings, it’s strongly suggested that brides (and grooms too) walk down the aisle. That’s because they each make their way to the chuppah with both of their parents. If you want to skip the walk, but still want to honor your mom and dad, present them with flowers during your ceremony. And if you’d rather just walk with your partner, that’s fine too.

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You have to leave for your honeymoon right after your reception. NEW RULE You can go on a honeymoon whenever you want. Heading straight to your honeymoon sounds romantic, but it can be a logistical nightmare. Think it over: You’d have to pack for your wedding and honeymoon at once (no small feat if it’s a destination affair) and arrange for your luggage, passport and plane tickets to be in the trunk of the getaway car at the appropriate time). But even if you’re an organizational whiz, you’ll be so exhausted from your whirlwind day that you’ll want nothing more than to just veg out for a while with your new spouse after the wedding. When you take a honeymoon is entirely up to you two (and maybe your boss). Get more wedding advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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Before a Serbian wedding, the groom’s father fills a flask with his best brandy and sets out to personally invite all the guests to the wedding. He offers each a drink, they offer a small gift and together they toast to the new couple.

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Before some Danish weddings, a “gate of honor,” an arch constructed from pine branches, evergreens and florals, is erected in front of the bride’s home (attached to the front door). It may reappear for the silver anniversary.

signature shoes

Before a Turkish bride walks down the aisle, her single bridesmaids and relatives sign the soles of her shoes. After a night of dancing and prancing, the signature that has faded the most will be the next person to marry.

tree toppers

In Bermuda, bakers top a cake with a small cedar sapling, which symbolizes the couple’s growing love and is usually replanted after the ceremony. Today, modern couples will sometimes incorporate a tree planting ritual into their wedding ceremony.

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happy campers

Pull off an awesome camp wedding, complete with color wars, bonfires and fabulous food. (Just don’t forget the bug spray.) BY MAGGIE SEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMIAH AND RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s something about the fresh outdoors, a relaxed vibe and a nostalgic first look on the dock of your childhood summer camp that makes for an unforgettable wedding. For the ultimate celebration, bring your loved ones together for a few days of camp-inspired activities like capture the flag, canoeing, and arts and crafts. Exchange vows at sunset, then dance the night away amid fireflies and a chorus of crickets. And who doesn’t love a round of s’mores? But before you spear any marshmallows, you’ve got some planning to do. We went to two pros, Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events and Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events, who know all about pulling off a fabulous camp wedding, rain or shine. >>

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do a little research First things first: Make sure the campsite you’re dreaming of is available on your preferred wedding date. A working summer camp will most likely only be available during its off-season, so months like June, July and August could be off-limits. Also keep varying seasonal climates in mind. “Camps can often be in cooler mountainous locations, so their seasons can differ from what you’re used to at home,” Jacobs says. “Often, nights are 10 to 20 degrees cooler than average temperatures at higher elevations.” As gorgeous as your natural camp setting already is, you’ll probably want to add personal wedding touches (especially if you’re hosting a large group for a few days), whether it’s an entire tent, your floral ceremony arch or a photo booth. So when it comes to picking a date and talking with pros, factor in time to set up and break down. Freeman recommends leaving anywhere from two to seven days for setup, and one to two days for cleanup.

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dress accordingly (and tell your guests to do the same) This probably isn’t the venue for a long gown with lots of volume and multiple undergarments, but if you just can’t part with the idea of a dramatic dress, you have a few options. “A great bustle will usually do the trick—just discuss it with your seamstress beforehand,” Jacobs says. “Otherwise, I say stick to shorter trains and get the drama with a removable tulle overskirt paired with a more low-maintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and fun pair of wedges.” Speaking of footwear, you won’t want to deal with stilettos sinking into the grass, so Freeman recommends flats (or at least flat-soled shoes). Just make sure your dress is altered to avoid letting extra fabric drag. >>

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“Stick to shorter trains with a removable tulle overskirt for a more low-maintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and a fun pair of wedges.”

game on Four ways to make your party more playful.

lawn games

Croquet and horseshoes are favorites perfect for a rustic fete. Cornhole is a lawn and beach party staple. Custom sets are available online—even with your wedding date or faces printed on it. Buy (or DIY) these games in your wedding colors.

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cocktail table tic–tac–toe

This is a simple DIY project: Use masking tape to make your cocktail tables into giant tic-tactoe boards. Provide wooden or colored cardboard Xs and Os, and then people can get to know each other over drinks.

word games

Whether it’s a personalized crossword puzzle, a word search on a giant chalkboard or a set of trivia questions about the couple displayed on your cocktail napkins, games that make your guests think could have them thinking your cocktail hour is pretty great.

checkers or chess

You can either set up your cocktail tables as built-in game boards or purchase a life-size set (think: extra-large Jenga), which is fun for board game aficionados of all ages and great for large families attending your wedding.

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have a plan b As with any outdoor wedding, the last thing you want is a rainstorm with no backup plan. Freeman suggests using a tent for outdoor affairs, no matter the weather—even if you land a glorious day, you’re going to want some shade. Freeman’s best recommendation is a clear tent with removable sides. That way, you can adjust the tent setting according to the weather and temperature at a moment’s notice. Otherwise, if you’re set on an open-air wedding, check to see if the camp has an indoor space you’d be able to use in case of bad weather. Other smart extras to have around (depending on the season) are heaters, fans, umbrellas, rain ponchos or blankets. Beyond the ceremony and reception, if you’re having a multiday celebration, Jacobs says to prep rainyday activities just in case. “Basketball games in the gym, pottery and lanyard making in an arts and crafts class, movie nights with a s’mores bar and flannel blankets—it’s all possible, but think these things through before you get to camp.”

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budget for camp extras Since your campsite is most likely not a full-service wedding venue, factor in additional expenses, like party rentals, proper lighting, suitable restrooms and additional lodging (in case the camp can’t sleep everyone or you don’t want your grandparents cramped in bunk beds). If you do block extra rooms nearby, don’t forget transportation to shuttle guests back and forth. “Accessibility is also critical,” Freeman says. “If the location you love for the reception is in the middle of the woods, but trucks can’t get there to load and unload, you could be looking at increased labor costs for rentals and catering.” And something you probably haven’t thought of? Hiring a lifeguard—you’ll definitely want a certified pro on duty during any activities involving water (especially if drinks are being served).

prepare electrical backup A rural or far-removed site means certain amenities, like electricity, aren’t necessarily a given. First, discuss the electrical situation with the campsite director and whether you’ll need extra power from a generator. Then talk to all your pros about their electrical needs. “When you plan things out, make sure you get a generator that has at least two more outlets than you think you’ll need,” Freeman says. “Also, the band may need two power sources, one for the ceremony and another separate spot for reception.” If your camp venue often hosts weddings, it may have a list of preferred vendors it’s worked with before. Finally, make sure there are enough phone chargers, batteries and flashlights on-site, whether it’s something the venue provides or you bring yourselves. >>

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types of tents Celebrate your wedding inside one of these sturdy shelters.

frame tent

Small versions of these tents are typically used on residential patios in the summer. They have no interior support poles that obstruct the view or limit the options for furniture layouts, but the frame tends to be visible from inside the space.

pole tent

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Good for all types of affairs, the roofline on this tent peaks in the middle and supports sloped panels extending from either side. Translucent fabric is a popular option, and side panels are available to help protect guests from inclement weather.

These tents have mountainlike peaks in the center, plus one or two rows of interior poles, creating that lofted shape (something to consider when mapping out tables and the dance floor). They’re often used for formal affairs, and also work well with vibrant ceiling lighting.

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A fancier version of a frame tent, this kind of structure has fabric panels with a scalloped edge that caps each end, creating a formal entryway into the tent.

These structures offer a nice option for outdoor receptions. Although they’re open to the elements, a perimeter of pillars supports overhead crossbeams, and an open lattice creates a feeling of shelter while offering views of the sky and surrounding landscape.

Add a playful décor element to your wedding with these triangular tents, perfect for housing different activity stations (and a fun touch for kids).

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offer fun activities

take care of your guests

Now for the really fun part: games and activities. These will obviously depend on the size and age range of your party, but you have so many options to choose from. Jacobs loves organized camp activities like color wars, a field day or tug-of-war to get everyone involved and spark some fun competition. It’s also a good idea to have sports gear and arts and crafts materials, and give your guests some time to take a break. You could set the younger ones up with a movie night while the adults enjoy something a little more festive, like a wine and cheese tasting. “You want to strike a balance between organized activities, free play and rest time for your guests,” Jacobs says. Utilize the camp’s facilities to the fullest and don’t let your guests get bored, but don’t micromanage—you don’t want everyone exhausted and crabby for the wedding.

Your friends and family are rock stars for making the trip to the camp, so give them the goodies they deserve (and need). Greet guests with a welcome bag in their rooms filled with local treats, campsite maps, daily itineraries and nearby areas to visit. And seeing as the closest pharmacy might be miles away, this definitely isn’t the time to skimp on necessities. Make sure every room and restroom is stocked with nice soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen, and allergy and pain reliever medication—better safe than sorry. And don’t forget creams and ointment for any rashes or poison ivy. If you’re in a climate that gets chilly at night, always have cozy blankets and throws at the ready.

keep food simple, relaxed and local Celebrating over a few days? Jacobs likes to cater daily meals through the camp, if possible. Think: buffet breakfasts, deli spreads and barbecues. She suggests recruiting a local caterer to craft a locally sourced and seasonally fresh menu for the main event. “Farm to table is the way to go, and don’t expect to overcomplicate with fussy menu items or things that are hard to temperature control,” Jacobs says. As for serving, Freeman loves food stations. “Guests can play lawn games, dance, or sit and chat on a blanket and grab a bite whenever they’re hungry,” Freeman says.

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check local sound and alcohol ordinances You may be secluded in the woods, on a lake or in the mountains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any rules. You might have to work with a 10 p.m. noise curfew or need to obtain a permit that allows your band to play later into the night. Same goes for alcohol—do a little research and find out what the deal is with serving cocktails, beer or wine on camp premises. Your campsite staff can generally point you in the right direction, especially if they’re accustomed to holding events. Get more planning tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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Your wedding is probably the priciest party you’ll ever throw in your life. It’s easy to say you’ll stick to a budget, or have tons of fabulous DIY details, but at the end of the day, your venue and catering bill could amount to way more than you imagined. It’s important to understand how your budget will be broken down. Saving up for the wedding isn’t an insurmountable task—we promise. Here’s how to save up and pay for your wedding by spending smartly and cutting back a little along the way. >>

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use this simple math equation If you have a big budget goal that seems daunting, divide it into smaller chunks that are easier to digest. The simple math trick that makes it all work? Take the sum of your desired budget and divide it by the number of months you have to save up. Getting married in a year with a budget of $20,000? Divide $20,000 by 12 (which equals about $1,700 per month). If that amount seems like too much per month, add more time or try cutting back on a few of your big-ticket monthly expenses to help you save. “That’s literally how simple planning [financially] for a wedding can be,” says David Bach, founder and chairman of FinishRich Media and author of Smart Couples Finish Rich, about this relatively simple math. Where should this money go? Into a newly created “wedding account,” of course. Throughout your life, having a savings account dedicated to something more exciting than a retirement plan, like travel, a wedding or another big event, is a good idea and will help make saving more fun. Obviously, the amount of time you’ll need to save up for a wedding depends on your current income and expenses. For example, if you can only save $800 a month, but your dream wedding looks like it will cost somewhere in the $50,000 range, you’ll be saving for more than five years. When you’re thinking of your budget, work within realistic parameters and don’t set unattainable goals. For some couples, more drastic sacrifices will be required, while other to-be-weds will be splitting the cost with relatives to help lighten the load. Think about what’s best for you and your partner and what makes the sense. Be practical about your limits. The amount of time it takes you to save will depend entirely on your own circumstances.

cut back on monthly expenses Do you belong to a gym, club or subscription service that takes a monthly sum out of your account? Cutting back on these types of expenses can have some of the quickest effects on your account balance. Turning off your cable could save you $100 a month, and ending a gym membership could put an extra $75 in your account each month. You’re not going to give up your cell phone, but you might be able to change the data plans or forgo on-demand movies for a year. You should make a habit of reaching out to your cell phone and cable companies annually and negotiating a better deal. Sometimes, just by asking, you can get a price cut on your bills. Even $20 off a monthly bill can save you $240 over the course of a year. Nowadays, it’s so expensive for a company to acquire a new customer that most will lower their fees just to keep you around. And if your attempts at negotiation fail, consider cutting out nonessential monthly costs. We’re not talking about your health plan or your life insurance—those things are non-negotiable.

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family finances

Discuss with your families about who’ll be paying for what. Some couple’s families will still pick up the entire tab, but now, 10 percent of couples are covering the cost themselves.

But for things like cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Birchbox and Spotify—anything that debits you on a monthly basis—the time has come to really consider if these are must-haves you truly need, or if you can sacrifice them for a bit in favor of a larger wedding budget—and that fancy cake you have your eye on.

stop little spending habits that add up Scale down your shopping during the months you’re saving or only buy lunch out one day a week. You’ll begin to see a little wiggle room for your wedding account in no time. “I call this ‘the latte factor’—the way we spend money on a lot of little things without thinking about it,” Bach says. “It could be your coffee, bottled water, eating out for lunch and dinner, or having drinks. It could even be taking a cab instead of taking the subway, or parking your car closer to your office and therefore paying a higher parking fee.” A dollar here, three dollars there—it adds up over days and weeks. Cutting back on a few (or a lot) of these expenditures can result in saving up to $10, maybe $20, per day—that’s $300 to $600 per month. But don’t worry—cutting out these expenses isn’t going to change your whole life for the next year. Trust us, time flies when you’re wedding planning. >>

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make bigger sacrifices, if you’re willing Looking for any possible way to cut costs or find extra money to help pay for your wedding? There are some more drastic measures you can take as well. You could move in with your parents to save on rent for the year (or move in together if you haven’t already). If you both own a car, consider selling one of them—that itself could save you more than $5,000 in expenses like gas, tune-ups and insurance. “The expenses from that car could pay for a third of the wedding,” Bach says.

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use your credit cards—realistically If you’re in the process of saving up for the wedding while you’re making deposits to reserve your venue and other vendors, you’re likely going to have to use credit cards. That shouldn’t worry you as long as you’re using them correctly (read: paying them off in full in a timely manner). Credit cards can actually protect you from fraud and make transactions easier, so we don’t suggest avoiding them entirely as long as you’ve saved up enough, or will have saved up enough to pay them off before interest sets in. But one big thing to keep in mind: Don’t start your marriage off in debt—it’s never a good idea—and don’t consider paying for things with money you don’t have and won’t have for a long time. You also shouldn’t take out a loan to cover costs. “Going into marriage with debt for a one-day party is a huge mistake,” Bach says. “People start their lives in these huge financial holes and it’s just a shame. It’s smart to create a specific wedding account to put money into and then simply reverse the math to come up with your savings plan.” Bottom line: Don’t spend more than you can afford.

think of creative ways to make more cash Have you considered selling items you don’t need anymore online? What about starting an Etsy shop or doing freelance work? This can be a great way to supplement your wedding fund. Once you have a plan in place, start a budget with The Knot Budget Calculator. There are lots of additional ways to save too, like looking into expensive wedding dates to avoid and checking out planning advice to get a handle on the whole process.

what about investing to pay for the wedding? Investing in stocks is more of a long-term process, and probably not the best idea as a way to pay for the wedding. But if your parents are planning to pay, it’s something they might have already considered years before you even met your partner. Set your budget at TheKnot.com/budget

where not to skimp All the places that are worth splurging for your wedding day.

the photographer

Trust us—you don’t want a wedding album full of blurry photos to realize a pro is worth it. Your friend who took up photography last year might take great photos of his dog running on the beach, but that doesn’t mean he’s a cheap alternative for your wedding day. A professional photographer knows what to capture—the rings, the cake, the details and candid moments. They’ll also be able to work the crowd and direct you and your new spouse in order to get the best shots.

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the dress

You don’t need to spend a ton on a dress to look beautiful on your day, but you do need to have it fitted by a good tailor.

the music

Hiring a DJ simply because he charges only $40 an hour or recruiting your friend’s garage band might not be the best bets for your wedding. Splurging on a great band or DJ who will have you and your guests dancing all night is truly money well spent.

the bouquet

Your bouquet is the one floral purchase you shouldn’t hold back on. Consider that as a part of your overall look—it’ll be photographed like crazy. Opt for more expensive blooms for your bunch and scale back on centerpieces.

the food

Serving unappetizing food will make your guests remember your reception for all the wrong reasons. Eliminate a course or offer less expensive options, but maintain the quality.

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in the round Chairs in a circle (a symbol of everlasting love) allow all guests to feel closer to the ceremony—even a large group. Arrange a few aisles so guests can get in and out, and for a dramatic entrance, parents, attendants and the couple can all walk down the different openings. During the ceremony, the couple stands in the center, and the wedding party can position themselves in the aisles.

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amphitheater As in ancient Greek theater, guests are seated in semicircles around the altar. The rows are staggered like stadium seats, and typically there’s a center aisle and smaller aisles on each side breaking up the rows. This affords guests, even those in the back, a better view and lends a momentous feeling. But it’s hard to create if your site doesn’t have built-in seating for it, and you’ll need to figure out a place for attendants to stand, either in the aisles or on the stage.

picnic At a casual garden or lawn ceremony, place pretty blankets, colorful rugs and oversize floor cushions on the ground, picnic style. Just be sure to communicate to friends and family that they’ll be getting down and possibly a little dirty. Use a picnic basket and blanket as your motif on the invite, or cute wording like “life’s a picnic,” so they’ll know to dress appropriately. To accommodate older guests or others who aren’t comfortable on the ground, place a few chairs or benches on the outskirts of the setup, curving around the space so they don’t block anyone’s view.

lounge Vignettes of comfy, coordinated furniture are a great option for relaxing during the reception, but the look also works for ceremonies (bonus: repurpose the seating as an after-dinner lounge space). Soft, white leather sectionals, banquettes, ottomans and poufs grouped in cool configurations let friends and family get cozy during your nuptials, almost like you’ve invited them into your ultra-chic living room. >>

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get with the program Invite your guests to read along with a well-planned ceremony program.

basics

Include your names, wedding date and the location of the ceremony. Most programs then provide a chronological list of musical selections, names of the wedding party and their relation to the to-be-weds, and titles of any readings.

special mention

Many programs feature a thank-you note to the couple’s parents, plus one to guests for sharing the day. The program is an appropriate place to explain the symbolism of any tributes too.

added understandings

For guests from different cultures, it’s helpful to offer details about rituals that’ll take place. Explain the origin of a custom and print the words of a blessing or prayer so guests can join in.

specific instructions

Avoid postceremony confusion by writing detailed directions for your guests on the program. After the recessional listing, add something like, “Please find bubbles under your pew and help us create a memorable exit!”

fun details

Recount how you met or the story of your proposal, or describe the members of your wedding party in a witty way that highlights their most interesting qualities. (“Our groomsman Jake Jones nearly missed today’s service with a broken foot from rock climbing. Ladies, tread carefully if you dance with him!”) It gives guests something to read during downtime, and it provides an easy way to break the ice later at the reception.

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Form rows into a semicircle or V-shape instead of a straight line. When your venue only has one entrance to access seats, shake up the seating. Each row is slightly angled, anchored by a center aisle. As with in-the-round seating, you still have the feeling that everyone’s curving around you. Plus, you’ll be able to have fewer rows, as the setup allows for longer ones (and more chairs) toward the back of the layout. Curved seating feels romantic, while the sharper angles of the chevron give it a modern vibe.

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Pews typically found in a house of worship are especially charming when placed outside. These custom rentals (available through many antique furniture companies) can get expensive, so to cut the budget, consider having pews in just the first few rows and using wood chairs behind them. For a similar feel, wood benches blend well with the natural colors of the outdoors. Benches are extra sturdy in sand or grass, and they don’t detract from the view because they’re lower to the ground. For a modern look, pad them with cushions, which also makes them more comfortable and allows for guests to truly be in the moment while witnessing your vows (your older guests will definitely appreciate it).

For a brief, intimate service, ask guests to join hands and surround you in a circle as you say your vows. The cozy ring makes attendees and your wedding party feel like they’re actually participating in the exchange, not just watching it. Just try to limit the ceremony to less than 20 minutes, and make sure everyone in your group is aware they’ll be on their feet for that amount of time.

bales of hay For a barn wedding, carry out the theme with bucolic bundles of hay (just beware of allergies). Affordable, rustic and all-natural, hay ties perfectly into an idyllic country celebration. Arrange the bales in rows and dress them up with quilts or simple white canvas cloth (use a heavy fabric so guests don’t get pricked). Then reuse them later as lounge seating by the dance floor.

mix and match An eclectic assortment of chairs and couches mixed nonchalantly adds quirky character. Use a little imagination to style bistro seats, benches and ottomans in rows or groupings to take on the feel of an enchanted tea party. Shop vintage markets and yard sales for inexpensive finds to mix with rented wood folding chairs.

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themed options Use your ceremony locale to set the tone for unexpected seating that will wow guests and make for great photos. Getting married with your feet in the sand? Arrange rows of simple, chic, creamcolored beach chairs that blend in nicely with the shore. For a garden or mountain wedding, seat guests on tree stumps. Tying the knot in a modern, industrial-style space or rooftop? Sleek, metallic-hued chairs will look great in photos.

switch sides Traditionally, the bride’s family and friends sit on the left side and the groom’s on the right side (although in Jewish tradition, it’s swapped). For a new twist, let the first few rows switch sides for a better view—when the bride is standing on the left and her parents are on the right, the angle helps them to see her face. More couples are also asking guests to simply pick a seat, not a side, as stated on pretty signs at the ceremony location. Get more ceremony tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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Penning your own vows may seem daunting, but it’ll be worth it when you’re up at the altar. Here are some tips and tricks to help you through it. >>

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read lots of vow examples for inspiration Start by looking at traditional, by-the-book vows from your own religion, if you practice a certain faith, and others as well to see what strikes a chord with you. Incorporate these samples into the original words you write or simply use them as a jumping-off point. Once you’ve found a few you love, consider what it is about the style that draws you to those vows in particular.

agree on format and tone with your partner Decide how you want your vows to come across. Do you envision them as humorous? Poetic and romantic? Go over the logistics too. Will you write them separately or together? Will they be completely different or will you make the same promises to each other as you would with traditional vows? Some couples do a little of each. Finally, will you share them with each other or keep them a secret until the wedding day?

jot down notes about your relationship

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• What challenges do you envision in your future? • What do you want to accomplish together? • What makes your relationship tick? • What did you think when you first saw your fiancé? • When did you realize you were in love?

write it all out Now that you have notes, you’re ready to establish a structure and write your first draft. It helps to start with a four-part outline: Declare your love, praise your partner, make promises and finish with a final vow. Another way to organize them is to start with a short story and then circle back to it at the end. This type of structure is especially good for couples who want to keep things light and funny.

• What do you most respect about your partner?

avoid clich´es

• How has your life gotten better since meeting your mate?

Now that you have your first draft, it’s time to make edits. Borrow from poetry, books, religious texts and even from romantic movies, but don’t let someone else’s words overpower your own. You want your vows to sound like you and relate to your relationship, and that won’t happen if every word is borrowed from other sources. And if you find yourself relying on cliché phrases (you know, those sayings that have been used over and over so many times they no longer sound genuine) to get your point across, try coming up with a specific example from your relationship that has a similar message. For example, instead of, “Everything happens for a reason,” you might say, “I’d like to think there was a reason why we both went to the dog park that day.” >>

• What about them inspires you? • W hat do you miss most about them when you’re apart? • What qualities do you most admire in one another?

come up with one or two, or many, promises They’re called vows for a reason—the promises are the most important part. We suggest including promises that are broad, as well as more specific ones. “I promise to always love you” is classic, but add a way you’ll show it. For instance, “I promise to pick up your favorite ice cream every time you’re sick.”

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take out anything too cryptic or embarrassing You’ve invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words. Think ahead while you’re writing them. Will your vows still make sense 10 years from now, or will even you be confused? Have a friend or family member read it over ahead of time for feedback, if you’re okay with sharing your vows beforehand.

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practice out loud (seriously) It might sound a little awkward, but this really is the best way to prep. The more you practice, the more confidently you’ll be able to speak. Your vows should be easy to say and sound conversational. As you recite them, listen for any tongue twisters and superlong sentences, then cut them. This is also the time to work on the delivery. Stand tall and straight, look at your partner and use your hands expressively, but only in small gestures. This is where mostly memorizing your vows will come in handy. You can focus on the presentation and being real instead of trying to remember which word comes next.

make a clean copy for yourself The paper you read from should be legible, so even if you’re working on it right up until a few moments before your ceremony, use a fresh copy free of any cross outs, arrows and notes. And give some thought to the presentation because it will likely be photographed. You can write your vows in a pretty notebook, print a copy and paste that inside, or have them written in calligraphy on stationery in your wedding colors. It can make a nice keepsake to hang in your home later on. Have a backup plan too. Some couples find themselves too emotional to speak, so have your officiant either prompt you by quietly saying the vows first or read the vows on your behalf. (It also helps if some of the verses are the same for both of you to jog your memories and make it easier to memorize.) Find more vow advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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beyond the wedding party Here are four other honorary roles to give to loved ones.

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Ask special friends or relatives (male or female) to serve as ushers, walking your guests to their seats, passing out ceremony programs, and acting as general guest guides. Groomsmen can double as ushers, but if it’s a large wedding or there are lots of people, you’ll want to appoint extra.

In some Christian ceremonies, preteens (between the ages of 9 and 12) light candles at the altar just before the mother of the bride is seated. But at any wedding, you can honor someone special by asking him or her to light a candle during the ceremony or even at the reception.

Musically inclined friends or siblings can be a featured part of your ceremony or reception. Ask them to sing a special song or play an instrument during the ceremony. Just make sure they’re comfortable in front of crowds and you’re both okay with what song they’re planning to perform.

Have a well-spoken friend or relative do a reading during your ceremony. You can choose the text yourself or ask them to select something they love. Alternatively, you could ask a literary type to write something original to be read aloud or to be printed in the ceremony program.

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Your vows are important, but that doesn’t mean they should drag on. Speak from the heart and you won’t need to repeat the same sentiments because they’ll come through the first time. Pick the most important points and make them. If yours are running longer than two minutes, make some edits. Put some of the more personal thoughts in a letter or gift to your fiancé on the morning of your wedding and save any guest-related topics for your toasts.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Nadeen Saleh, 31, a physician GROOM Johan “Joakim” Soederbaum, 32, a lawyer HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE The Hall of State’s iconic gold seal inspired the couple’s warm blush and gold color scheme and set the tone for a timeless, elegant day. —Meghan Overdeep

It was very important to the couple that their nuptials reflected traditions from both of their heritages—Nadeen is Mexican and Palestinian, and Joakim is Swedish. “The idea was to have a wedding where guests would identify yet be amazed by something completely new to them,” Nadeen says.

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The groom’s cake was a soccer field topped with edible scales of justice, a law book and Thor’s hammer to reflect Joakim’s interests.

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Gilded chargers, candelabras and chiavari chairs mirrored the room’s grandeur.

“We were looking for something unique—something with the extra wow factor,” Nadeen says. After weeks of searching for the perfect “grand” venue, they were ready to give up—then they visited Dallas Historical Society’s Hall of State. “The place has ‘grand’ written all over it,” Nadeen says. “We also liked the fact that the building features Texas history and that most of our—both local and far—guests had never visited it before.”

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Celebrate in the historic

FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS

4 unique room settings on-site catering bar services sound system & dance floor

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After the wedding party was introduced, belly dancers set the stage for the newlyweds’ grand reception entrance.

“Rather than have traditional wedding favors, we decided to incorporate cultural performances,” Nadeen says. “We though this would be a really unique treat for everyone, and we’ve received so many compliments!” The couple also honored their heritages with foods from Sweden, Palestine and Mexico.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Tanya and Cesar Perez/Perez Photography EVENT DESIGN Stage Works USA FLOWERS Bella Flora

OFFICIANT

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GOWNS

Ceremony: Pronovias, LuLu’s Bridal Boutique, Dallas; reception: Allure Bridals, Lulu’s Bridal Boutique

SHOES Light in the Box

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Bachendorf’s Lee Beauty

HAIR &

MAKEUP Sophia

BRIDESMAID DRESSES The

Dessy Group, LuLu’s Bridal Boutique, Dallas MENSWEAR groom: Suitsupply; groomsmen:

Culwell & Son, Dallas

STATIONERY Invitations:

Minted.com; programs: Zazzle.com

SIGN-IN

BOOK Here and There Shop, Etsy.com RENTALS Beyond; P.O.S.H. Couture

Rentals; Stage Works USA Food Glorious Food Bakery

CATERING

CAKE Frosted Art

MUSIC Ceremony: Marek Eneti

Strings; Swedish Voices; reception: Ernesto’s Nadeen and Joakim’s reception entrance included a zaffa—a traditional Middle Eastern wedding march.

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Mariachi; Firqet Bladi Zaffa Group; The In10City Band DANCERS Na’di El-Raks Belly Dancers TRANSPORTATION Blue Diamond Limousines HONEYMOON PacificIslands.com GUESTS 230 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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November 12 • Dallas

caitlin &

jordan

Caitlin has a tendency to “dance the night away” at weddings and knew hers would be no exception. A stylish updo kept her hair out of her face and looking flawless all night.

engaged: about 1 year

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The couple’s three flower girls donned pale pink dresses with rose sashes.

“I wanted to create something that was timeless. I did not want to look back years from now and ask myself ‘what was I thinking?’  ” Caitlin says of her day-of vision. “I was definitely inspired by a more traditional and elegant style.”

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Caitlin carried a cascade of white phalaenopsis orchids, dusty miller, blush roses and hydrangeas.

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The couple worked with their stationer to design their traditional letterpress invitation suite. The “CJ” monogram they came up with was used throughout the rest of the day’s décor. It was even carved into the reception’s boxwood bar.

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CAITLIN & JORDAN A few brushes of gold glammed up the five-tier cake.

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CEREMONY SITE Chase Tower Sky Lobby,

Dallas RECEPTION SITE Dallas Petroleum Club, Dallas

PHOTOGRAPHY Tracy Autem

Photography The pale gray halter-style bridesmaid dresses had removable belts that each of the ladies could tie however they wanted. “It worked perfect for my three pregnant bridesmaids,” Caitlin recalls.

VIDEOGRAPHY Elle Films

PLANNER Grit + Gold

Long Flowers & Events Beck

FLOWERS Bryan

OFFICIANT Rev. Randy

GOWN Martina Liana, Bridal Boutique,

Lewisville

VEIL DIY

SHOES Audrey Brooke

ENGAGEMENT RING Trice Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Bride: Trice Jewelers; groom: Cartier HAIR &

Beauty Studio

MAKEUP Wendy Zerrudo/WZ BRIDESMAID DRESSES Joanna

August, Nordstrom

MENSWEAR Groom:

Ermenegildo Zegna

STATIONERY Cotton

Paperie; escort cards: Maria Elizabeth Designs SIGN-IN BOOK Jan Sevadjian Designs RENTALS BBJ Linen; Beyond; Fauxcades CATERING Dallas Petroleum Club

Panini Bakery

CAKE

MUSIC Ice House Band PHOTO

BOOTH Wow VIP Events

Premier Transportation Hotel Crescent Court

TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS REGISTRIES Bed Bath

& Beyond; Neiman Marcus; Pottery Barn; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON Four

Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, HI GUESTS 217 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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WWW.MADISON214.COM | 214.528.8118 | Modern. Classic. Style for the Bride-to-be.

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May 28 • Dallas

monica &

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Monica’s oversize bouquet featured seeded eucalyptus, ranunculus and peonies in muted pink and green shades.

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Monobotanical arrangements fit the day’s modern aesthetic.

To pull off the modern theme she had mind, Monica knew she’d be relying on flowers to provide most of the day’s color. With the help of her mother (an avid gardener) and florist, they set out to fill the room with peonies and orchids (the bride’s favorites). “Basically, I thought I knew what the flowers were going to look like, and then I walked into the reception room and was blown away,” Monica says. “I have never seen anything like it before. I really think it embodied the style of my wedding.”

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The two massive rotating gears in the hotel’s lobby provided a unique backdrop for photos.

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Monica’s other favorite part of the décor was the stunning installation of assorted geometric shapes with scattered votives and pink peonies that hung above the all-white dance floor. The escort card display echoed the suspended elements with a geometic pattern of its own.

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3015 3015 Oak Oak Lawn Lawn Avenue Avenue || Dallas, Dallas, Texas Texas 75219 75219 For For booking booking inquiries, inquiries, contact contact our our Associate Associate Director Director of of Catering, Catering, Kelley Kelley Roby, Roby, at at 214-224-3153, 214-224-3153, kroby@warwickhotels.com kroby@warwickhotels.com or or visit visit warwickhotels.com/dallas warwickhotels.com/dallas

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PHOTO BY NICOLLETTE MOLLET | MODELS AMBER GRIFFIN, ANDREA HAAG, TREVOR BURCHETT, AND ROXANNA REDFOOT WITH THE CAMPBELL AGENCY

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MONICA & LUKE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Christ the King, Dallas

The guests sipped old-fashioneds during cocktail hour before dining at long tables topped with geometric objets d’art. To end the night, the guests threw metallic streamers as the couple made their grand exit.

RECEPTION SITE The Joule Hotel, Dallas PHOTOGRAPHY Thisbe Grace/Kiss Me For

Eternity

VIDEOGRAPHY Soulbox Productions

PLANNER Shari Johns/As You Wish Events FLOWERS Bella Flora of Dallas

Msgr. Donald Zimmerman

Warren Barrón Bridal, Dallas Barrón Bridal

OFFICIANT

GOWN Reem Acra, VEIL Warren

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Ken

& Dana Design

HAIR &

Blair Makeup & Hair Design DRESSES J.Crew

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY &

Fried Paper

SIGN-IN BOOK Southern RENTALS Bella Acento

CATERING The Joule Hotel

Bakery

MAKEUP Erin

CAKE Panini

MUSIC TOP PHOTO BOOTH Flash-Pics

Photo Lounge

FAVORS Lil’ Bits Mini Donuts

TRANSPORTATION AJL International ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Garden Inn

Downtown Dallas; The Joule Hotel; Magnolia Hotel

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Macy’s;

Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON St. Lucia

GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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mcclain &

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McClain wore an ivory strapless ball gown with a crystal handbeaded bodice and a layered tulle skirt.

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BRIDE McClain Cavender, 30, works in fashion merchandising at Cavender’s Boot City GROOM Andrew Devine, 33, senior associate attorney at Parkland Hospital HOW THEY MET Playing kickball WEDDING STYLE McLain’s family ranch provided the perfect setting for her rustic elegant nuptials to Andrew. —MO

The bridal party included seven bridesmaids, four junior bridesmaids and four flower girls. The bridesmaids wore a floor-length gown in gray, and the junior bridesmaids wore the same dress but in pink. McClain designed and made the dupioni silk and tulle flower girl dresses.

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The couple had not one, but eight signature drinks. They were served in cups emblazoned with gold silhouettes of a tree on the property.

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An open-air reception provided sweeping views of the wooded grounds of the ranch. “The sun began to set right as our reception started, the perfect setting for us to celebrate,” McClain says. To maintain the focus on the panorama, the couple kept their table décor low and reserved, and accented the space with string lights.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY ZUMWALT PHOTOGRAPHERS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY ZUMWALT PHOTOGRAPHERS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY ZUMWALT PHOTOGRAPHERS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACK PALMER PHOTOS

Among the lush trees and roaming landscapes, Hidden Creek provides a rustic Texas feel with a touch of elegance, just outside of Dallas. Combined with our open floor plan, the gorgeous gardens, and our desire to create a beautiful event, Hidden Creek is the perfect setting to make your dreams become reality.

ELEGANT WEDDINGS • CORPORATE EVENTS & GALAS • CELEBRATIONS & PARTIES We offer exceptional amenities and service, including award-winning on-site catering provided by Culinary Art Catering, full indoor and outdoor AV systems, scenic ceremony sites, and a brand-new, state-of-the-art, rustic-style barn. The only thing missing is YOU!

The premier venue for your special occasion. Call today for a tour!

972.535.6686

info@hiddencreekevents.com

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hiddencreekevents.com 215 Chris Cuny Pkwy., Heath, TX 75032

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A floral runner of king protea, seeded eucalyptus, pink astilbe and hydrangea bunches completed the raw, rustic look of the long wood head table at the reception. As for dinner? “There was a potato salad with smoked gouda that was incredible, and the steak was one of the best I’ve ever had!” McClain says.

Neches River Ranch, Jacksonville PHOTOGRAPHY John Cain Sargent/

John Cain Photography Elle Films

McClain and Andrew had their first dance to “In My Life” by The Beatles.

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER DFW Events

FLOWERS Bart Crowley

Rev. Scott Brown

OFFICIANT

GOWN Kenneth Pool,

The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, Dallas VEIL The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus;

headpiece: Sara Gabriel Mischka

SHOES Badgley

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Cook Diamonds Inc. JEWELRY Nadri HAIR Mane Essentials

Adams-Mason

Jenny Yoo, Nordstrom Harley’s, Tyler

MAKEUP Tina

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Paradise

Design Co.; calligraphy: Polished Pen Calligraphy

RENTALS Beyond; Mike

Sandone Productions; P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals

CATERING T.K. Culinary

Dallas Affaires Cake Co. Cuvee

CAKE

MUSIC

TRANSPORTATION Echo

Transportation

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hampton Inn & Suites Tyler-South HONEYMOON Greece GUESTS 320 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• All indoor areas are air conditioned

• Fully equipped catering staging area

• Bride’s house & Groom’s house

• Open-air pavilion

• Large dining area

• Indoor western town

• Barn

• Beautiful gardens

For booking information: 682-233-3065 • info@hollowhilleventcenter.com • 1680 Mary Drive, Weatherford, TX 76085 • HollowHillEventCenter.com

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audrey &

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“I wanted a dress that would highlight my figure and still have visual interest,” Audrey says of her ivory organza gown.” It was really fun to wear.”

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Designed to look like it had been welded out of metal, the cake playfully nodded to the day’s industrial aesthetic.

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BRIDE Audrey Puentes, 32, an ob-gyn GROOM Paul Courtney, 33, an anesthesiologist HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE Dusty purple and gray tied the couple’s industrial and modern influences together for a result that was both glamorous and unique. —MO

Audrey and Paul have always been drawn to industrial weddings but had no idea how to actually pull one off. “We reached out to our planner and she came up with an industrialglam theme, which reflected our modern personal style with a mix of industrial,” Audrey says. That included geometic accents and a mix of materials such as glass, metal and concerte.

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The tables contrasted centerpieces in low concrete vases with arrangements of single blooms in sleek glass bud vessels and contemporary lucite Louis Ghost chairs. Even the invitation suite had an industrial touch with the charcoal-hued paper stock and bold white ink.

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Avalon

Legacy Ranch

CLOSE TO HOME – FAR FROM ORDINARY. Begin Your Here.

Legacy

Imagine... Being able to experience the wooded pines and peaceful ambience of East Texas without leaving the DFW Metroplex.

Sounds too good to be true? Welcome to Avalon Legacy Ranch... Located just 5 minutes from the Historical Downtown Square of McKinney, TX, Avalon Legacy Ranch is a 25-acre wooded retreat that is unimaginably unique and magnificently beautiful, making it the destination for your dream come true.

2022 Wayside Tr ail, McKinney, TX | (469) 450-6211 | www.avalonlegacyr anch.com

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The newlyweds had their first dance to Audrey’s favorite Michael Jackson song: “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).”

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE 809 at

Vickery, Fort Worth

PHOTOGRAPHY

Payge Stevens Photography &

PLANNING

FLOWERS Shannon Rose Events

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Bridal Boutique, Burleson

VEIL Pence

& Panache Bridal Boutique Christian Louboutin

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT

RING BlueNile.com WEDDING RINGS

Bride: BlueNile.com; groom: James Allen JEWELRY Necklace: RenttheRunway.com;

earrings: BlueNile.com

HAIR Daniela

Malelli MAKEUP Pretty on Premises BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo,

Nordstrom

MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Brown Fox Creative SIGN-IN BOOK Snapfish.com

Belle Décor; May I Serve U

RENTALS

CATERING

Ruthie’s Rolling Café; Tastefully Yours Catering CAKE Caption Cakes

Sounds DFW

MUSIC Everlasting

TRANSPORTATION Limos.com

ACCOMMODATIONS Courtyard by

Marriott Fort Worth Downtown Blackstone A galvanized metal wall holding the escort cards greeted guests as they entered the reception. For a trendy twist on their seats, the couple had “Mrs.” and “Mr.” calligraphed on their lucite chairs. “We were able to relax, and if anything didn’t go as planned, we never knew,” Audrey says of hiring a planner.

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REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Zola.com GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Haley donned a silk organza, trumpetstyle gown that she paired with an empire-length veil for the ceremony.

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Haley and James said “I do” in the same place James popped the question, the Dallas Arboretum. “It was a frequent date spot for us before we got engaged, so it was really special to get married there,” Haley says. The same light pink blooms that adorned the wedding arch popped around the gold layer of the four-tier buttercream cake.

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During cocktail hour, a string quartet serenaded guests as they sipped old-fashioneds and champagne and noshed on small bites. Haley’s 10 bridesmaids wore navy floor-length gowns and carried posies of light pink flowers and greenery.

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Arboretum, Dallas Dinner tables were cloaked in ivory linens and accented with arrangements of pink flowers and greenery. Haley and James danced to “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice. “It really fit us well,” she says. “Before I met James, we were both in a very single state of mind, but once we met, everything changed.”

VIDEOGRAPHY Von Wedding Films PLANNER After Yes

+ Arrows Custom-designed letterpressed invitations were hand-painted with watercolor details.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Apryl Dailey/Apryl Ann Photography FLOWERS Bows

OFFICIANT Kyle Thompson,

Watermark Church

GOWN Monique Lhuillier,

Neiman Marcus

VEIL Neiman Marcus

SHOES Manolo Blahnik

ENGAGEMENT

RING Ediger’s WEDDING RINGS Bride: Tiffany

& Co.; groom: Ediger’s BRACELET David Yurman the Blush

HAIR &

MAKEUP Beauty &

BRIDESMAID DRESSES J.Crew

MENSWEAR Suit: Perry Ellis; tie: Burberry;

boots: Lucchese Eye

STATIONERY Blue Eye Brown

RENTALS Astounding Sounds; BBJ Linen;

Celebration; Ducky-Bob’s Event Tech Solutions CATERING Gil’s Elegant Catering

Cakewalk

CAKE

MUSIC Strings: Serenata Strings;

band: Timeless PHOTO BOOTH Flock Together TRANSPORTATION Blue Diamond Limo;

Executive Car Service

ACCOMMODATIONS

DoubleTree Dallas-Campbell; Highland Dallas REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Pottery

Barn

HONEYMOON Peter Island Resort & Spa

GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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diana.younts@midlothiancenter.com

972-775-7125

www.midlothiancenter.com

1 Community Circle Dr., Midlothian, TX 76065

Spotlighting Your Event

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November 15 • Dallas

joni &

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Joni Marsaw, 32, a pharmacist and real estate broker GROOM Eric Freeman, 44, owner of Trendsetters Dallas HOW THEY MET When Joni brought her car into Eric’s shop WEDDING STYLE A radiant silver and white color scheme reflected Joni and Eric’s modern, sophisticated style. —MO

Joni had her formfitting lace gown altered to have full-length sleeves. After the ceremony, she traded her traditional hydrangea, rose and tulip bouquet in favor of a cascading white orchid wrist bouquet.

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“Our style is very simple and modern,” Joni says. “We wanted to create a soft, romantic atmosphere that would complement the reception space and the existing décor.” All the silver, white and crystal pieces added to the candlelight, creating a warm glow.

Joni and Eric had their first dance to “4Ever” by Lil’ Mo featuring Fabolous.

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W Dallas Victory Hotel, Dallas PHOTOGRAPHY William Bichara

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Thompson Pictures

PLANNER My

Designer by Jacqueline Padilla Simply Elegant Dallas Benny Johnson (friend)

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT GOWN Lusan

Mandongus, Bridal Boutique, Lewisville VEIL White Gown Workroom, Dallas SHOES Manolo Blahnik

Nadri

HAIR DIY

EARRINGS

MAKEUP MAC

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Shangshiyu,

Amazon.com

MENSWEAR Groom:

Hugo Boss, Dallas; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Paper Affair

SIGN-IN BOOK TheKnotShop.com RENTALS P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals CATERING W Dallas Victory Hotel CAKE Delicious Cakes of Dallas MUSIC DJ Magic PHOTO BOOTH

Thompson Pictures Chocolate Secrets

FAVORS

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Tromantic he Dallas Arboretum provides the most beautiful and setting for your wedding. Each celebration is customized to best reflect the passion of the couple. Voted as One of the Best Dallas Wedding Venues by CultureMap. Schedule your tour of the gardens today!

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Table numbers and seating assignments were hand-lettered on pretty pieces of agate.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Raelynn Goodman, 22, corporate relations manager at United Way Metropolitan Dallas GROOM Carlos Mendez, 25, project manager at RightNow Media HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Glam touches and vibrant florals kept Raelynn and Carlos’s barn wedding from feeling “too country.” —MO

The couple married beneath a crystal chandelier suspended from a wood arbor on the venue’s private island. A lush canopy of peonies, garden roses, hydrangeas and smilax gave the raw structure the wow factor Raelynn wished for.

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“Barn weddings don’t always have to be all about burlap and sunflowers,” Raelynn says. “The natural wood of a barn creates the perfect backdrop for any theme.” Mercury glass votives and romantic draping played off the rich wood of the barn to keep it feeling intimate and cozy as guest danced to salsa music.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Onyebuchi (Onye) Amaechi, 31, a clinical pharmacist GROOM Emeka Ononogbu, 31, a chemical engineer HOW THEY MET At a wedding WEDDING STYLE Without a particular theme in mind, the couple’s romantic nuptials evolved organically around their blue and gold colors and glam style. —MO

“I wanted all 10 bridesmaids to look elegant and classy no matter their physique,” Onye says. She and her bridesmaids worked with a personal stylist to come up with a custom gold brocade gown they all felt comfortable and beautiful in.

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Special Events Venue BOOK A TOUR brikvenue.com | 817.480.7909 | @brikvenue 501 S. Calhoun Fort Worth, TX

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The couple’s monogram adorned their five-tier white and gold cake.

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Onye and Emeka couldn’t decide on one song for their first dance, so they chose two: “You & I” by Avant and Korede Bello’s “One & Only” (a nod to their Nigerian heritages) to kick off the dance party. “Our planner had to request an extension because guests wouldn’t leave the floor,” Onye says. “We had a blast!”

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STATIONERY Abbe Design Co.

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CAKE A Slice of Life

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Travel GUESTS 350 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The Perfect Venue For Your Perfect Day 13765 Southern Oaks Dr., Burleson, TX | (817) 426-2400 | theoaks.southernoaksgolf.com

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In the world of hashtags, up-tothe-minute snaps and tweets, we bring you the most common socialmedia-related wedding faux pas— and tell you what to do instead. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY HELLO LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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if you’re planning your wedding Call your parents before pressing “post” to announce your engagement. Your family and close friends will want to hear it straight from you first. A Facebook status or Instagram post might be the most efficient way to get the news out, but it’s not the most personal. You know which friends and family members would appreciate to hear the news directly from you. Plus, it’s likely that older family members (like your grandparents) don’t have social media accounts and could miss the message altogether.

Post pics of your engagement ring. We know you’re so excited to share your ring selfie—just keep the nitty-gritty details like cost and carat to yourself. After you post your “engaged” status, your friends and family will be dying to find out what the ring looks like, so you may feel comfortable indulging them with a photo (pro tip: prep with a manicure first), or just texting them privately. It’s not bragging to share a pic with the exciting news. Leave out the other details, because how much it cost isn’t anyone else’s business—the point is it symbolizes the commitment you’re making. Designate a “poster of honor.” Enjoy your wedding day and stay off your phone while still keeping everyone updated. It’ll fly by, and if you’re on your phone the whole time, you’ll miss out on what’s important. Focus on the guests who have come to celebrate with you. You can always hire a social media wedding manager (yes, they exist!) to keep your social networks updated throughout the day so you won’t have to. Spread the word about your hashtag. Tie it into your invitations and wedding website in a creative way. The majority of your guests are familiar with hashtags and know how to use them, so you shouldn’t feel weird about putting one out there. Think of ways you can include it in your paper elements in a pretty or witty way, like asking guests to share photos of themselves wearing custom temporary tattoos you send along with the savethe-dates. Letting your guests know ahead of time is crucial to having a successful, full feed of photos.

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Send out traditional paper invites for the main event. Email invites are totally okay for pre- and postwedding parties, but paper invites are the way to go for the actual wedding (a Facebook event is not a wedding invitation). In today’s technology-based world, in which your guests receive hundreds of emails a day, a physical invite has become so much more special. That doesn’t mean you have to go over-the-top with one that sings and shoots confetti. Simple card stock and laser printing will do the trick. A paperless invite for the rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch is a great option (especially if you want to cut down on stationery costs). Just because the invites are electronic doesn’t mean they won’t have style. There are plenty of sites, such as Paperless Post, that let you customize e-invites so they look beautiful and unique. Keep your public posts positive. Confront issues directly and privately via phone or in person. We know wedding planning can be stressful at times, but before you post that status venting about all the guests who RSVP’d for too many people or complain about your future mother-in-law, pause for a second and think. Posting something negative about your wedding (even if you don’t call out a person specifically) will only lead to hurt feelings. Instead, politely address each situation directly as it comes your way. That means picking up the phone and explaining to your guest that you don’t have enough room or budget for extra people, and asking your partner to have a conversation with his mom about her all-white wedding ensemble. Trust us—“good vibes only” is the mantra for the day. >>

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Change your relationship status in minutes or months— it’s up to you. There’s no wrong or right time—some couples even do it at the altar! Once you tie the knot, you and your new spouse can decide when to change your relationship status or last name on your social media platforms. For some couples, this can be a very important moment; for others, it’s no big deal. So if and when you’re ready to make the change, go for it.

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if you’re going to a wedding Wait to publicly post your congratulations. If the couple hasn’t made the announcement, then you shouldn’t spill the beans first. It’s exciting when you’re the first to find out your best friend or sister is getting married, but hold off on the public congrats until they’re ready to share the news themselves. They might be waiting for an important reason (like they haven’t even told their parents yet), and there could be hard feelings involved if others find out they weren’t in the know first.

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Private message any wedding planning questions. Otherwise, it can be awkward for the couple’s other Facebook friends who weren’t invited. If you want to discuss wedding plans with the couple, it’s polite to do so in a private way. The couple may have hundreds of Facebook friends who aren’t on the guest list, and it’s not fair if every detail comes up on their news feed. Some couples love to share wedding planning details, and they’ll appreciate a friendly ear to listen if you call to find out how it’s going. This is a busy time for them too, so don’t be offended if they don’t keep you up to date on everything. Share pics of the couple. But respect their request if they ask you not to post photos before they do. It’s great that you want to show what an amazing wedding the couple had. But they may want to wait to share photographic details of the day until they have photos from their professional photographer, or might opt for an unplugged wedding. If you’re worried about whether you’re in the clear with posting photos, wait until a close family member or friend of the couple does so first. Then you’ll know it’s okay to post.

Leave the phone in your purse or pocket. Posting occasionally is okay, but the couple invited you to celebrate their day, not sit there on your phone. They spent a lot of time planning an event you would enjoy, so don’t spend the entire time on your phone documenting the wedding on Instagram Stories—go have some fun. It’s okay to share the love a few times, but you shouldn’t opt out of hitting the dance floor in favor of tweeting a play-by-play. Plus, having a phone out all the time can get in the way of professional photos, and no one wants to look back on their wedding to see a guest more engaged with a device than their reception. Follow directions for the RSVP. The couple’s inboxes are already full of wedding-related details, so a Facebook message, text, email or private message is likely to get lost in the mix. Most paper invitations will include an RSVP card with an addressed envelope to mail it back, and couples will look for and expect responses that way (and before the deadline). If you lose the card, then it’s okay to call and find out how the couple would prefer you to RSVP. Stay clear of the professional wedding photographer. Take as many photos as you please, but don’t let snapping pics on your smartphone get in the photographer’s way. Be mindful of the photographer and videographer the couple has hired to take photos of their wedding, especially during the ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to stay seated during the ceremony (and no leaning into the aisle or raising your phone way over your head either). Standing up or moving around can be distracting to the officiant, get in the way of the pros and ruin the view for other guests. Find more etiquette tips at TheKnot.com/planning

wedding hashtag 101 Follow these five steps to craft your own personalized hashtag.

start with your name

Use your first, last and nicknames as your starting point. Remember that cutesy mash-up name that your friends gave you guys in college? This is the time to embrace it, plus it’ll be easy to remember.

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use numbers to set yours apart

If your names are common or you can’t come up with anything witty, using the year or date of your wedding is an easy way to make it yours. Take #JackandJill and turn it into #JackandJill121617.

get punny

This is one part of your wedding you can really have fun with, especially when it comes to wordplay. Look for alliterations, rhymes, synonyms and puns for a hashtag that’s clever and memorable.

avoid easy misspellings

Read over your hashtag for any obvious ways it could be misspelled by your guests. With repetitive letters, for example, it could be as simple as flipping #saraanddave to #daveandsara.

capitalize the first letter of each word

This will help guests see where each word starts and ends, and it’ll make them more likely to get your joke or pun. With or without the capitalization, your hashtag will work the same either way.

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13 essential planning tips

Cover all your bases with expert advice no soon-to-be-wed should be without. PHOTOGRAPH BY BIRDS OF A FEATHER

When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and then there are things you really need to know. If you’re worried you missed something (or even if you’ve got everything under control), check out our planning advice and put your mind at ease. >>

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put guests first Settle on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before selecting a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor. Nobody wants to feel cramped or overheated.

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listen to mother nature Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot summer weddings and improperly heated winter receptions. Be prepared. Bugs (gnats, flies and mosquitos) also swarm during certain seasons. Consider renting pest control tanks to alleviate the problem or including bug repellent in restroom amenities.

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manage the mail Of course you want the perfect stamps for your wedding invitations, but not all stamps are widely available at every post office, especially in large quantities. Save yourself some scouting time by ordering them online at USPS.com. Weigh your invitation with all the additional paper products before you send them so you can attach the right amount of postage. Ask your stationer about the need for additional postage for oddly shaped envelopes— and don’t forget to stamp the RSVP envelopes too.

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pay it forward Listen to your pros­and one vendor can lead you to another— plus, they know what they’re talking about. Your wedding photographer can tell you which florist’s blooms really pop, and your planner should know which band will pack the dance floor.

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make a meal plan Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding pros. Before you sign contracts, make sure you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead.

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get organized Compile all your correspondence with vendors, notes from meetings and photos you want them to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding. For on-the-go planning, download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app.

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prepare for rejection Generally about 20 percent of the people you invite won’t attend your wedding. It all depends on the location (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list and the timing of the event (some guests may have annual holiday or summer plans).

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tend to your bar Typically, you need one bartender per 50 guests to keep the lines short. But if you’re serving a signature sip that can’t be mixed ahead of time (or in large quantities), consider adding an extra server. Your guests will thank you.

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release rooms As soon as you’ve picked a date, start to look for hotels in a wide variety of price points. Many allow you to reserve rooms for guests under a special wedding block and a reduced rate. You can then release any unbooked rooms a month prior to your wedding. If the hotels you contact insist upon drawing up contracts with cancellation penalties, just say no—you don’t want to be responsible for rooms you can’t fill. >>

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“Cut all of the folks who are just ‘maybes’ and only invite the people you really love and want by your side on that day.” —Johnell Huebner of Clearly Classy Events in Austin

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express engagement timeline Have just five months? Here are your essential to-dos.

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keep a paper trail Get any nonstandard changes to your agreements in writing, or send the vendor a confirmation email saying, “Hello, just confirming that you’ll keep the venue open until 2 a.m. versus midnight.” Don’t just assume everything’s all set. Sometimes, by the time the actual day rolls around, your contact for a certain vendor may no longer be working there to vouch for you.

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help guests pay attention Make sure your guests can both see and hear from their seats. If people are seated farther than 15 rows back from your ceremony altar, consider renting a mic or riser. This could range anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on the equipment used. You’ll need to coordinate the delivery and setup with your ceremony space too, so put your wedding planner or a wedding party member in charge of this task.

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be realistic with your time When it comes down to the last month of your planning (and when you’re particularly stressed), look at your mile long to-do list and cut three things. Yes, three things. Not crucial things that you just don’t feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final details with all of your vendors. Eliminate the over-the-top tasks like hand-painting “Just Married” signs, or baking cookies for all of the welcome bags. Get more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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Once you’ve narrowed down your list to two or three potential photographers, meet with each in person to see if you feel comfortable with them. We can’t stress enough how important this is—almost as crucial as their camera skills. Aside from your gut instinct, ask these questions before signing a contract.

style and background What photography style(s) do you specialize in? Are there any styles you don’t do? Most shooters use a blend of several, but make sure they shoot portraits, for example, if they’re important to you. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You wouldn’t ask Monet to paint a Picasso, right? Going with the style a photographer likes to shoot (and has the most experience shooting) will give you the best results.

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Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs? These are the techniques that professionals use to digitally enhance your photographs and make them look perfect. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Some photographers will polish up all your photos before you see them for the first time, while others will show you unretouched proofs of the images and work their magic only on the ones you order. How many weddings have you shot in your career, and about how many do you do in a year? Your photographer should do this for a living and edit photos in a timely manner. Don’t pick a friend who takes pictures as a hobby. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You have one chance to get amazing photos, so you’ll want a pro who can take them under pressure.

Do you shoot both digital and film? Which do you prefer? While digital is more common today, film has had a resurgence. If you want the latter, be sure your photographer has the relevant experience and technical skills required to execute this format. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re obsessed with the quality of film, go with a pro in this medium. And let him know how many photos you want taken with film—all of them or just the ceremony. Do you usually shoot film in both color and black and white? What percentage of each do you recommend? Digital photos can be changed from color to black and white with just a click, but film needs to be specified before shooting. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These days, most shooters will do a mix of both color and black-and-white photography. You’ll get a sense of their style and how your album might look by asking what balance they prefer. >>

find your wedding photography style Brush up on your photography terms.

artistic

The photographer’s original take allows for a different perspective (like the couple not looking at the camera, for example). If you want something unique, go with a pro who’s eager to use a little artistic freedom.

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dramatic

Lighting, especially using an off-camera flash, is a key component of dramatic photography. If the sun isn’t cooperating, the photographer will use specialized lighting equipment to capture the same gorgeous effect.

lifestyle

This take on wedding photography is mostly candid with some direction and style—the end result is beautiful but relaxed. A good photographer will look for moments but also help direct the scene.

classic

Like the ones in your parents’ wedding album, these are the images that stand the test of time— striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. Classic photos portray reality, but they’re infused with the shooter’s artistic license too.

documentary

Rather than posed shots, documentary photography captures candid or spontaneous pictures of people, décor and action in the moment. These shots feel intimate and “real,” ­the opposite of classic style.

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shooters Will you be my actual photographer, or will one of your associates shoot my wedding? Don’t assume Taylor of Taylor Photography will be taking your photos. Make sure the actual photographer is specified. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Taylor’s partner Stacey may be just as good (or even better!), but you’ll want to meet with her and see her photos so you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you’re sick? You have a contingency plan in case of rain, right? Well, you’ll need one in case your photographer comes down with the flu as well. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re going with a larger company that employs a team of photographers, you’ll have a built-in backup shooter. But if you’re going with a solo photographer, ask if she has colleagues on call in case of an emergency.

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fees What exactly is included in your packages? When comparing fees, check whether prints, albums, proofs and extra coverage (such as engagement shoots) are covered. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These differences can alter the costs significantly. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if, say, your album isn’t included—you can always buy it à la carte—but you want to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples to get the best value. If you’re having your shooter use film, ask about cost and processing fees. How many hours of coverage do we get? What’s the charge for overtime in case we need you longer? While photographers almost always charge by the day, the number of hours that gets you will vary. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you have six hours of coverage but your photographer charges a huge hourly rate for overtime, you might have them leave after you cut the cake instead of after the last dance. Or you may opt for a longer package to pay a little more up front (and avoid the larger hourly overtime rate later). What’s the deposit and total fee? You’ll owe a percentage up front and the balance at a later date. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW In addition to these numbers, you should also ask when all the payments are due.

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Will there be a second shooter or any assistants? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to ask about any additional fees. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Second shooters can give you two perspectives on big moments (for instance, one can photograph you two exchanging vows while the other can simultaneously capture your parents’ teary reactions). But this may cost you extra.

logistics How long after the wedding day does it take for us to see all of the photos? Most photographers will offer a sneak peek a couple of days or weeks after the wedding, but the rest will take a few months. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You’ll want to see photos ASAP and the wait can be agonizing, so it’s good to manage expectations. How do you coordinate with my videographer? If you haven’t hired a videographer yet, ask the photographer you’re interviewing for suggestions. There’s a good chance they’ve worked with certain videographers at events in the past. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW This pair will need to coordinate and stay out of each other’s way—easier to do if they have a good rapport. How many weddings do you shoot a weekend? It isn’t uncommon for photographers to work multiple events on the same day, especially during high wedding season. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW For instance, if your photographer is shooting an afternoon wedding before your evening affair, you’ll need to work out a plan if the first event runs over. >>

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Have you ever shot at my venue(s) before? If they haven’t photographed a wedding or other event in your venue, they should be willing to check it out beforehand. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Your shooter should be aware of any lighting needs or issues specific to the space ahead of time. Will you be following a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free rein to capture the festivities how you see fit? If they have a standard shot list, take a look at it ahead of time and add any must-haves that aren’t included. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You want to make sure you get the special pics you need. But keep in mind that you’re hiring the photographer for their eye as well as their experience creating amazing albums. Try not to overwhelm them with requests.

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“Ask to see an entire wedding before booking. A client should see that the image quality is consistent throughout the whole event.” —Preston Smith of Preston Smith Photography in Dallas

What type of paper will you use for the prints and album? You want these photos to last for generations to come, without worrying about fading and any other problems. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW The answer should be acid-free, archival-quality paper, which will stand the test of time. Will we own the copyright to our photos? In other words, are there restrictions for sharing photos online, having photos printed or an album put together by another source? WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all of the photos, which restricts you from posting them without permission—even on social media. Do you bring your own lighting? Your venue’s lighting may not be the best, even if it’s hosted weddings. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You may need to supply additional lighting or special features (to give a dimly lit room an extra boost)—and check that the equipment won’t be too obtrusive. Get more photo tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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look amazing in your wedding photos Be ready for your close-up—instantly.

practice smiling

Taking selfies for Snapchat isn’t the only way to practice your best smile. Got a favorite photo of yourself? Tape it to your mirror and perfect the expression.

get your look down pat

Book hair and makeup trials, and take practice photos to see how different looks translate into pictures.

close your eyes

Quickly closing your eyes, and then opening them slowly when you hear “Say ‘cheese’” will help you look relaxed and natural—and prevent you from blinking.

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

Here’s a secret straight from Hollywood: Looking thin on camera isn’t only due to diet and exercise. Angle your body three-quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and your weight on your back foot.

stand up straight

We know—we sound like your mother. But standing up straight with your belly button tucked in and your shoulders back will help you look tall and relaxed.

loosen your arms Leaving a little space between your torso and your arms make both look smaller.

Want instantly larger eyes? Tip your chin down slightly and look up at the lens for immediate enlargement.

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Rustic Elegance Diamond H3 Ranch

Weddings & Events

5400 Old Brock Road

Weatherford, Texas 76087

817-597-9235 | 817-703-5439

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A MODERN VENUE, WHERE SAYING “I DO” IS ALL ABOUT YOU! WWW.HAWTHORNHILLSRANCH.COM // 940-600-7838 // HAWTHORNHILLSRANCH@GMAIL.COM CELEBRATING WITH NORTH TEXAS AND THE DFW AREA

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Wedding videography packages range from $1,000 to more than $15,000, and the styles are just as varied. These tips will help you find the perfect pro to create a video so good you’ll watch it on repeat well past your first anniversary. >> BY RACHEL TORGERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY WENDY LAUREL

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hire the person whose style most closely matches your own Just like photographers, videographers take different approaches to their craft. Documentary-style videos present the events chronologically, without special effects, while a cinematic film is more dramatic, using interesting angles for a Hollywood-movie feel (these are just two options of many). Do your research and watch several different wedding videos (most videographers will have samples on their websites) to get a feel for the different styles and which one you like best. Remember: You want to hire a videographer that already shoots in that particular style. THE KNOT TIP: You can find thousands of amazing wedding pros on TheKnot.com/marketplace, complete with customer reviews.

take finding a videographer as seriously as you do your photographer Unfortunately, hiring a videographer seems to get pushed back somewhere between welcome bags and favors—and it’s just too important for that C-list slot on your long list of wedding to-dos. If you know you want to hire a videographer to capture your day, this pro should be on the top of your priority list, along with finding your photographer. Wait too long and you likely won’t be able to hire your first pick. THE KNOT TIP: Planning ahead always pays off, so set aside money in your budget for your videographer from the beginning. If you make videography a priority, you’ll see it in the end result—a film of your wedding day that comes out even better than you imagined.

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go pro

Like your photographer, choose a professional wedding videographer—not a friend with a steady hand who loves videography.

subscribe to vimeo There are plenty of places to find wedding videographers (like TheKnot.com/marketplace), but Vimeo is the preferred spot for most A-list picks to post their recent work. Aside from the large videography community, you can easily search by location and even wedding venue to find clips from your reception spot and get ideas. THE KNOT TIP: Not all wedding videos are created equal. When you’re watching sample videos, there are a few things to look for. A good film will be well lit, have easy-to-understand audio and appropriate music, and it will be edited so that transitions are smooth and special effects complement the story.

embrace the professional referral factor People like your photographer and wedding planner have worked with videographers in the past with previous clients and will be able to suggest filmmakers they’ve liked. THE KNOT TIP: Many photography studios also offer videography, and it usually makes sense to book a package for both. A pair of pros from the same company will have an easy working rapport. >>

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seek out reviews Even if you feel like you’ve found the perfect fit after leaving the studio, you should still do your due diligence and read reviews online as well as call references. Ask questions like: Did he capture the most important parts of your wedding? Was she a positive presence throughout the day? Did anything go wrong? Overall, were you happy with the final film? THE KNOT TIP: Keep in mind that if the reference was married a year or more ago, things that seemed like a big deal then could matter less now. It’s a red flag if the couple starts out a sentence like, “The video came out great, but…” They may not care now that the videographer showed up late, but you should be wary.

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You need to feel at ease with your videographer. (They’ll be following you around on your wedding day, after all.) It’s best to meet them in person, but FaceTime or Skype also works well in a pinch. Once you’ve met with a few potential pros, ask to see a full video or two (clips only tell part of the story, and you want to know what your entire film might look like). THE KNOT TIP: Finding the right person also means asking the important questions. Be sure to make a list of what you want. >>

10 questions to ask before booking a videographer These key points are musts.

• What’s your style: cinematic, documentary, classic or a mix?

• Have you done many weddings before? Can I see samples of other weddings you’ve done?

great sound quality? What kind of mics do you use during the ceremony? (A wireless mic is sometimes hidden just under the groom’s boutonniere.)

• What types of videos • Have you ever shot a wedding at my specific ceremony or reception site? Can I see clips?

• How do you coordinate with a wedding photographer? (It’s a plus if you can find shooters who’ve worked together before, and some studios have teams who work in tandem.)

• Will you be the one shooting my wedding? If not, can I speak to whomever will be the shooter on the day and see their clips?

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• How will you ensure

(trailer, highlight roll, and so on) do you offer, and which do you recommend?

• Will you bring in your own lighting, or will I need to arrange a lighting specialist and have them coordinate with you?

• What kind of special effects do you like to use for weddings, and what are the benefits of using them?

• Can you provide me with a price list and talk me through exactly how you charge for your services?

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get the most out of your contract

don’t micromanage

Your contract should include the coverage time (as in, how long your videographer will be at your venue), how many shooters you’ll have, an itemized list of the finished product (highlight reels, trailers, digital media files), nitty-gritty logistic details (time and location), cancellation policies and, of course, the fee. If it’s not outlined in the contract, don’t assume you’re going to get it. Any extras, like an engagement video session or same-day edit, need to be in there too. If they’re not and you want them, ask about them. THE KNOT TIP: Double-check that your package includes the important things: a second shooter (so your video can be edited to include at least two perspectives, like your walk down the aisle and your partner’s face), an edited video between 5 and 25 minutes long and coverage of both the ceremony and reception.

You’re hiring someone for their experience and talent (not just their equipment). Trust your decision. On the day of, you shouldn’t feel like you need to direct them or keep your eye on them. If you’ve truly done your research and fully vetted your videographer, you should have complete confidence in them. THE KNOT TIP: If you love your video, share your experience with other couples by posting a review and offering to sign on as a reference. It’s important to be timely (when the day is fresh in your mind—your videographer will appreciate it) and be specific (other couples will love knowing that your videographer caught your grandma having a sweet dance with her grandchildren). Find videographers in your area at TheKnot.com/marketplace

quality assurance The latest tech improvements to make your video look better.

high-definition

High-definition, or HD, resolution makes videos clearer. By now, all videographers have updated their equipment to shoot in a wider aspect ratio, 16:9, because when the older 4:3 video is played on HDTVs, everyone filmed looks short, stubby and probably 10 pounds heavier.

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combining video and photography

Some videographers are now offering both because of the quality of still images taken using high-resolution, high-definition digital video cameras. In this case, hire an all-encompassing “digital imager” to cover photography and videography.

light-sensitive cameras

Using these cameras means there’s no need for harsh, bright light in people’s faces that can be distracting, especially in a dimly lit space. Unexpected bonus: It makes everyone much less camera shy, so you get to record more candid videos with more natural reactions.

smaller cameras

Many videographers say the best moments are usually captured when the couple isn’t aware of the camera, which is why the more discreet the videographer is and the smaller the camera, the better. Don’t you love the fact that even the tiniest cameras can deliver top-notch HD videos?

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Celebrate in Grand Tradition Exchange your vows beneath our spectacular Pecan Tree,

indoors in our dramatic Beamed Foyer or in our impressive Grand Ballroom. Heritage Ranch Country Club is just 20 minutes north of Dallas off I-75 in beautiful Fairview, nestled between Allen and McKinney. Call Patty Wake 972 886 4700 Ext. 125 pwake@heritageranchgolf.com

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Gowns by: David Tutera Enchanting by Mon Cheri Style # 116135

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foodie faves that ship nationwide

Add a little regional, hometown flair to your wedding, no matter where you say “I do.” >>

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ben's chili bowl Open since 1958, this DC landmark on U Street is home to some seriously legendary secret-recipe chili, half-smoke hot dogs, burgers and other diner-style fare for a fun, throwback vibe. HOW TO GET IT: Meat, chili and sauces are shipped via FedEx 2Day and FedEx Home Delivery from $10 to $75, and products range from $40 to $160 per pack and pint. WHERE TO GET IT: BensChiliBowl.com

texas the salt lick Texans don't mess around when it comes to barbecue—and most will agree that The Salt Lick, based in Driftwood, Texas, is the can’t-miss spot for pit-smoked brisket, ribs and other meats (the recipes date back to the mid-1800s). HOW TO GET IT: Different barbecue packages start at $35 and are shipped via UPS Next Day and 2nd Day Air. Shipping cost is calculated according to the weight of the product and the shipping zip code. WHERE TO GET IT: SaltLickBBQ.com

illinois giordano's If thin-crust pizza isn't going to cut it with your after-party crowd, let Giordano's deep-dish, stuffed pies take the lead. Its famous Chicago-style pizzas offer cheese, pepperoni, sausage and spinach topping choices. You can even order a heart-shaped pie! HOW TO GET IT: Pizzas are priced from $65 for a 2-pack to $119 for a 6-pack, including shipping charges for FedEx Ground (additional charges will apply for FedEx Express). WHERE TO GET IT: Giordanos.com >>

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raising the food bar Live preparation stations are as entertaining (and on trend) as they are delicious.

raw bar

Oysters are shucked and kept on ice. This is an equally appropriate option for a seaside soiree or formal fete.

pasta station

Guests choose their sauce (marinara, vodka, Bolognese) and watch as their pasta is tossed just for them with tasty mix-ins like caramelized onions, roasted veggies and fresh basil.

waffle stand

This breakfast dish is made to order, with tasty add-ins. Blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, raspberry syrup and whipped cream, anyone?

sushi station

Chefs slice and assemble fresh sushi rolls from maki to tuna, paired with ginger and fresh wasabi.

crepe table

Your guests will love sweet (from sugar to dark chocolate) and savory (like smoked ham and swiss or tomato and mozzarella) crepes.

s’mores bar

Along with the traditional graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, consider a spread of unexpected additions like farm-fresh strawberries or Nutella.

cheese table

Swiss, cheddar and mozzarella are key gotos, but take your cheese plate up a notch with artisanal flavors too. ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

milk bar Famed New York City bakery Milk Bar, founded by renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi, upped the ante for wedding cakes everywhere with its signature naked cakes in a variety of delicious flavors—chocolate chip, birthday, dulce de leche and salted pretzel are just some of the options. Can’t decide? Have a cake tasting package mailed to you and try them all. HOW TO GET IT: Cakes are shipped via UPS Next Day Air with a $250 handling fee and an overnight shipping fee (typically $100 to $200), and range in price from $400 to $1,200, depending on the size and number of tiers. WHERE TO GET IT: MilkBarStore.com

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maine hancock gourmet lobster co. It doesn't have to be summer to enjoy a lobster roll—Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. ships the iconic Maine treat fresh year-round. Lobster pot pies and lobster mac and cheese can be sent too. HOW TO GET IT: Lobster products, from $40, are usually shipped via UPS 2nd Day Air with various charges. Large orders (20+ cases) are shipped by frozen truck. WHERE TO GET IT: HancockGourmetLobster.com

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questions for the caterer Ask these questions before you book your food pro.

experience

• Do you have a license?

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Showing your hometown or college state pride is a unique way to personalize your wedding, and what better way to do it than with food?

louisiana louisiana crawfish company Order live crawfish (or the pre-boiled and seasoned variety) from the Louisiana Crawfish Company for a true Cajun-style feast. HOW TO GET IT: Shipping is via FedEx and UPS or through cargo with Southwest Airlines for an airport pickup. Pricing is based on volume and season. WHERE TO GET IT: LACrawfish.com

oregon sterling coffee roasters Add some signature Portland java to your brunch from Sterling Coffee Roasters coffeehouse. The beans represent a true Pacific Northwest style of coffee that’s light to medium with a sweet finish. HOW TO GET IT: Shipping is free via USPS Priority Mail, with coffee ranging from $13 to $17 per 10-ounce bag. WHERE TO GET IT: Sterling.Coffee Find your caterer at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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(This means the caterer has met local health-department standards and carries liability insurance.) • Are there any limits my reception site imposes on the menu? • How many events will you handle during my wedding weekend?

food & service

• Do you supply tables,

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• W  hen is the tasting? • What are the setup and breakdown costs?

• What do you and your staff wear?

• How much time do you need to set up? • Do you set out place cards and menus? • On the day, who oversees it all? • Do you arrange the food prettily on plates and at the buffet?

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chairs, plates, napkins, silverware, and salt and pepper shakers? Is there an extra charge? Do you provide waitstaff? How many waiters are included? If you provide a bar, what sorts of packages are offered? How many bartenders are included? What’s the fee for extras? (Aim for four cocktail waiters for every 100 guests and two bartenders for around 80 guests.) Do you provide alcohol or do we need to handle the bar separately? Can I supply my own alcohol? Is there a fee (like corkage) for it? Do you provide a wedding cake, and if so, do you have a portfolio of designs? How many appetizer and entrée choices are included in the package?

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widmer’s cheese cellars Widmer's Cheese Cellars’ cheese makers have been handcrafting world-class brick, Colby and cheddar cheese since 1922. HOW TO GET IT: The cheeses range from $4 to $68, and is shipped via UPS with various charges. WHERE TO GET IT: WidmersCheese.com

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La Cima Club is one of the most unique reception venues in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. When arriving at the Towers at William Square, you are greeted by The Mustangs of Las Colinas, the world’s largest equestrian sculpture. Once you step off the elevators on the 26th floor, you are surrounded by the sophisticated elegance of the Club. The space boasts soaring 20-foot ceilings, Italian crystal chandeliers and spectacular views of the Dallas and Fort Worth skylines as well as Cowboys Stadium! Whether it be an outdoor ceremony in our covered pavilion on the water with you arriving in a horse drawn carriage or leaving your reception by helicopter or gondola, La Cima Club can provide extraordinary experiences. For festive couples who desire to leave with a bang, we can even arrange professional fireworks displays! 5215 North O’Connor Road, Suite 2600, Irving, TX 75039 | 972.869.2266 | www.LaCimaClub.com Shown by Appointment

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WEDDING | RECEPTION | CORPORATE | PRIVATE

Located on 18 exquisite acres of rolling hills, this magnificent 10,000-square-foot mansion has all of the warmth, beauty, and elegance befitting the country’s finest plantation-styled mansion. Call or email us to get more information or schedule a tour. 682-224-1488 | www.lonestarmansion.com | info@lonestarmansion.com

Located only 45 minutes from downtown Dallas and 25 minutes from downtown Fort Worth!

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face the music

The music is definitely one aspect of your day you don’t want to overlook—and we’re here to help. BY SIMONE HILL PHOTOGRAPH BY JILLIAN MITCHELL

Whether you consider yourselves music people or not, the tunes at your wedding are super-important—and a great band or DJ can be the difference between a fun wedding and an unforgettable one. Avoid these mistakes and you’re guaranteed to have a packed dance floor all night long. >>

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dismissing the idea of a band or DJ This is your first music decision to make, and it’ll narrow down your options by half. Love live music and have a bigger budget? A band might be your preferred pick. Have less to spend or dozens of songs you’d like played perfectly (in other words, exactly how they sound on Spotify)? A DJ could be your best bet. But don’t dismiss either because you think a band will automatically be out of your budget or a DJ will be cheesy. MUSIC MUST Do your research (check out amazing DJs and bands at TheKnot.com or Gigmasters.com to get started) and get recommendations from friends. You’ll see there’s a lot of variety— from mash-up artists to barbershop quartets—among both types of entertainers. You may want even want to hire a band and a DJ.

starting the ceremony in silence Most guests will arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony starts, but the wait will seem a lot longer if they have to sit there in silence. Book your ceremony musicians to start no later than 20 minutes before you begin. MUSIC MUST Having music before and during the ceremony will also help signal to guests when it’s time to be seated or be quiet by upping the volume or tempo.

Getting married in a house of worship? When it comes to ceremony music, many churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have rules that could affect your choice of ceremony tunes, like prohibiting certain secular songs. It may be your wedding day, but unfortunately it’s not technically your church, so you’ll have to respect the regulations. MUSIC MUST It’s a good idea to speak to your officiant before you book musicians to play a classical version of The Beatles’s “All You Need Is Love” composed for your ceremony and can’t get your deposit back.

skipping a sound check Depending on your venue, there may be limitations (like power supply, sound amplification or certain time-of-day restrictions) to the type of music you can have. Even without regulations, it’s still a good idea to ask your venue manager what type of music typically works best for that space (for example, a soloist may feel tiny for your grand ballroom reception, or a six-piece band may crowd the dance floor). MUSIC MUST Plan for your band or DJ to do a walk-through if they haven’t worked in the space before. While you might not realize that crashing waves could easily drown out a string quartet or trio of flutes, a pro can solve any situation with a sound check.

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Want to know exactly what your music might sound like in real life, rather than a recorded sample? Take in a live performance. Checking this task off your list can actually be a lot of fun. Go to a showcase if that’s an option. Make dinner reservations, grab your fiancé and make a date night of it. While you’re there, notice not just the tunes, but also how the band or DJ emcees, whether they take requests and how well they get the audience going. If possible, talk to the DJ or bandleader at some point, or set up another time to meet face-to-face. This person will be your emcee, so you want to have an easy rapport. MUSIC MUST Make a note of the names of the particular musicians or DJs you like, so you’ll be sure to book the same exact people for your party.

forgetting to talk through your selected songs Don’t assume your band knows how to play the most important songs of the night—we’re talking your first dance number and any songs for the dances you’ll both have with your parents—or the DJ has them in their set list. If it’s a band, talk to them before you book, since they may have to learn a song or two. MUSIC MUST If they’re missing some of your favorites from their repertoire, ask whether there are any fees associated with adding them. >>

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Sit down with your soon-to-be spouse and go through your favorite songs together to create must-play and do-not-play lists. If you decide to use a band instead of a DJ, give them plenty of time to review your picks, in case they have to add a track to their mix. Once you’ve handed over the lists, leave the rest up to the pros. And be careful not to micromanage (that’s why you hired them). MUSIC MUST If your must-play list gets too long (say, more than 10 songs), create a third list. This can be more of a wish list of songs you’d like to be played only if your guests respond positively to them.

playing explicit songs before the after-party You won’t be able to please everyone, but ask that your DJ or band keep it at least PG-13 during the reception. When it’s just you, your college besties and adult cousins at the after-party, feel free to play the songs that weren’t appropriate while your grandparents, toddler nieces and boss were around earlier in the night. MUSIC MUST Beyond blatant profanity, really consider the song’s lyrics and meaning. There may be a very innocent inside joke behind your choice of a raunchy song, but most guests will be on the outside—including your cute little flower girl.

sticking to one genre You both may love ’90s grunge, but five full hours of Nirvana might drive some guests to leave early. You’re sharing this day with family and friends, so save your more obscure favorites for the honeymoon playlist and let your band or DJ play a mix of songs that everyone can enjoy. MUSIC MUST Give your parents a shout-out with their favorites. Seeing them enjoy the night will be well worth a few classics. Get more music tips at TheKnot.com/music

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DJ vs. band Not sure which will set your reception off on the right note?

go with a DJ if… YOU WANT A TON OF VARIETY

DJs have the whole world of music at their fingertips. A great band will know a ton of songs, but a DJ has fewer limitations. YOU’RE ON A LIMITED BUDGET

DJs generally cost less—especially when compared with a larger band. YOU HAVE A SMALL SPACE

A large band will take up a more sizeable area than a DJ. If you have a small section for musicians, a DJ may be a safer selection. YOU WANT THE SONGS TO SOUND EXACTLY LIKE YOU KNOW THEM

Not only will DJs have access to any song you could want, they’ll also be able to play them perfectly every single time.

go with a band if… YOU WANT AN ELEVATED VIBE

Live music creates an atmosphere that most DJs aren’t able to replicate with prerecorded tunes. YOU WANT A SPECIFIC MUSIC STYLE

A 1950s band, for example, will provide a perfect soundtrack for a retro-chic affair. YOU WANT TO ALTER SONGS

Have a favorite pop song you want to slow down for your father-daughter dance? A band can probably help you do this, while a DJ has to work with what artists have already created. YOU REALLY, REALLY LOVE MUSIC

If you’re always going to concerts or are musicians yourselves, live music can’t be beat by even the most talented DJ.

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Your reception isn’t the place for nightclub-level volume. It’ll only frustrate your older family members and make it tough for them to talk to one another and enjoy the party. And you don’t want your guests to wake up with sore throats from having to yell to each other all night. MUSIC MUST When going over your timeline with your DJ, you can make volume requests. Ask for low volume during cocktail hour and dinner (like instrumentals and soft ballads) and louder for dancing and the final song (yes, you can go all out for “Sweet Caroline”). On the wedding day, ask a bridesmaid or your day-of consultant to keep volume on their radar and alert the band or DJ if there are any issues.

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Talk to anyone who’s gone through it before and they’ll tell you that your wedding day absolutely flies by. You’ll be so busy going from one thing to the next that before you know it, you’ll be cutting the cake. Besides the logistics—review every vendor contract point and make sure to pack a stain remover—there are so many intangible, special moments that make up the wedding day itself. These are just some of the surprises and truths that may happen on the day of that no one can prepare you for.

you’ll definitely cry Okay, this one might not be such a secret. What is it about weddings that makes everyone so teary? All we can say is crying is basically inevitable. And since you already know the waterworks are coming, the best thing to do is be prepared. Wear waterproof makeup (or even get eyelash extensions), keep some mascara and lipstick readily available for quick touch-ups, and store some tissues nearby—you’ll need them.

ten minutes before the ceremony is the most nerve-racking part of the day The time leading up to the walk down the aisle will involve the most jittery moments you’ll ever experience. And it makes sense: You’re about to make a life-changing decision in front of all the people you love and care about the most. Just remember that your other half is waiting for you at the end of the journey, and you’re going to have a huge party to celebrate (not to mention the reason why you said “yes” in the first place).

your face will hurt from smiling so much Thousands of pictures aside, you’ll be smiling all day because it’s going to be the best day ever. You’re marrying your best friend, after all. Between finally “making it official” with your partner and dancing all night with your friends and family members, there’s literally no reason to frown (even if it rains).

the ceremony will be the best part There’s something truly amazing about the wedding ceremony. The traditions, the vows and all your friends and family members combined will make this one of the most emotional moments of your life. Our advice? Take it all in and savor it. You’ll want these memories to last a lifetime.

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you’ll be amazed by the love and support of your family and friends They all showed up for one reason—you. You and your soonto-be spouse will get all—and we really mean all—of the attention. You may not even be able to eat dinner, since you’ll have so many people to talk to and so many pictures to take. Between the pinches on the cheek from your grandma and the bear hugs from your college pals, you’ll be overcome by the love, support and happiness of those around you. >>

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you’ll want a little alone time In fact, you might be so overwhelmed that you may want to take a few moments just for you, or the two of you. Some of the most special minutes of the day are the few you get to spend alone—getting excited for what’s to come—or together with your new spouse, taking it all in. Try a time-out, post vows. you’ll be exhausted... But you won’t care. You may not get too much sleep the night before your wedding, between any last-minute stress over the seating chart or just overall excitement for the day to come. Exhaustion is inevitable, but you’ll find a way to soldier on and sleep when you can. (Under-eye concealer will be your best friend.)

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the most magical moment will be when you least expect it We promise that the most special moment of the day or weekend is going to be something you never expected. A stolen minute or two with your soon-to-be spouse, a gift from your dad or an impromptu speech could end up meaning the world to you. it won’t all go as planned Something might end up going wrong. It could be little or it could be big, but our best advice is to think of the big picture. Can you solve this problem easily? Does it make a huge difference in the long run? Are your guests still having fun? Are you having fun? If these questions are easily answered, then don’t sweat it—just keep enjoying your celebration, and delegate tasks to planners and relatives so you don’t have to deal with drama. you’ll feel different Even if you and your other half have been living together for years, once you’re legally wed, things will feel official. It could just be a slight shift or a more noticeable change, but it will definitely seem like the real deal­—because it is. Find more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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family feels Expect these people to be emotional on your day.

your parents

Your wedding means a lot to your parents. Whether they played a large or small role in your life, no parent is ever fully prepared for the day their child gets married. While you’ll always be a part of their family, you’ll be starting your own family too.

grandparents

Grandparents have a special place in their heart for their grandkids, so don’t forget to give them a little extra love and attention throughout planning and on your wedding day.

children

Bringing kids into a marriage creates an entirely new vibe—your child might not feel like they’re the most important person in your life anymore. This marriage means a new person is permanently in their lives, so they might need some time to adjust to this change.

siblings

Like your parents, siblings have a unique attachment to you, and a wedding can feel like they’re losing a member of the pack. So don’t be surprised if they’re more emotional than you expected.

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Something might end up going wrong. It could be little or it could be big, but our best advice is to soldier on and think of the big picture. Can you solve this problem easily? Does it make a huge difference in the long run?

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keep an open mind Let’s say you’re the types who just can’t bear the thought of speeding off in anything that doesn’t come with a minibar—and your local limousine service has tons of souped-up options. Take the time to test-drive other options, like a classic white Rolls-Royce, a stretch SUV and a super-luxe convertible limo-bus. And don’t think your getaway vehicle has to be white—a shiny black limo offers some snazzy appeal too.

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Not into a limo? There are lots of other options that’ll zip you off in style. You can go for something with personality—a vintage VW Microbus, a Harley-Davidson or an old-school trolley. Or slip into something a little more racy—a cherry-red Lamborghini, a jet-black Camaro SS or a silver BMW Z3 roadster.

save in sneaky ways You don’t have to blow your budget to ride in style. For example, think about renting a car for only a one-way trip. If you’re making a grand entrance, rent a vehicle for the arrival and drive your own wheels home. On a similar note, if you’re going to take off with the whole party watching, it’s fun to get a fancy set of wheels for the farewell. Save by signing up for an hourly rate, rather than an entire evening. That way, you’ll pay for the car and driver combo only when it’s actually being used—and not when it’s just sitting idly in the parking lot at the reception.

know the owner Trust us: It’s a good idea to know who actually owns the vehicle you’re renting. If the transportation company you’re dealing with doesn’t have the car you’re looking for, they might “borrow” a car from another vendor (and basically pay them a rental fee). Since you’re one more vendor away from the wedding car of your dreams, there’s a possibility for lateness or, even worse, a no-show—and that’s the last thing you need to be worrying about before saying “I do.” If you have your heart set on a particular car, you’ll be better off finding a vendor that owns the one you’ve got in mind. >>

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what’s your ride? Find the wheels that suit your style.

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Modern and understated chic characterize you and your partner’s style best. Both of you are always ahead of the trend. Rent a car that’s a little out of the ordinary but streamlined enough to fit your style, such as an Audi convertible, a VW bug or even a Vespa for some cute exit photos.

vintage truck

As a couple who loves a good time, what’s the last thing you want? Fuss. A turquoise vintage truck for a casual wedding will speak volumes about your style. You could even do a tandem bicycle. Want to add a personal touch? Incorporate some fun DIY décor, like a paper garland or a few classic tin cans and streamers.

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You’re a romantic at heart, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to a princess carriage. Instead, go for an antique car. You can find one at specialty rental car companies in your area. If that’s too much for you, then stretch out in a rented limo or a sleek black town car to take you to and from the reception.

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You’re a couple that’s certainly not afraid of flash. While we’d like to recommend a helicopter, if your budget doesn’t allow for that, choose a ride (on wheels) that will still make an impact, like a bright red sports car or a sporty SUV limo with cool lighting and a fully stocked bar. DIAMOND EYES

Many transportation companies offer more than just the wheels and will pull out all the stops for you and your partner with their wedding packages. Often, you can choose a “red-carpet treatment” in which the driver will literally roll out a red carpet to your door. You can also request that your favorite playlist be cued up in the car’s entertainment center. Many companies will also stock the vehicle with chilled champagne and snacks of your choosing.

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You shouldn’t feel limited to automobiles. For example, if you’re looking for an all-out storybook experience, go for a horse-drawn carriage. If riding the waves is more your thing, sail away on a boat or canoe. Love biking on the weekends together? Use a bicycle built for two to make your grand exit.

We never tire of saying it: Don’t even think about hiring your transportation vendor without getting everything in writing. And we mean everything: arrival time (pad an extra 20 minutes just in case); reception departure time; all relevant addresses to minimize any wrong turns; the size, color and model of the car (with the license plate number if you’ve chosen something specific); the name of the driver you want; gratuity; plus any special requests that you have (like avoiding a certain highway that’s packed at 5 p.m.). You’ll have peace of mind—and a piece of paper—to ensure it all goes smoothly.

add variety Why be a one-car couple? If you can’t decide between the stretch Hummer and a sleek Corvette, choose one to take you to the wedding and one for the ride home. Don’t think that you have to get the same type of car for everyone in the wedding party either— maybe indulge your wedding party in some 4-wheel-drive action, but have your parents roll up in a sweet midnight-blue Porsche.

take care of your guests While you’re relaxing in all-out style, let your guests in on some of the transportation fun. A luxury charter bus (which can seat up to 75) has become a popular—not to mention a super-safe—way to transport family and friends between the ceremony and reception. There’s no drinking-and-driving worries, and no guests will get lost between the two locations, which could hold things up for your reception dinner.

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stock the car If you’re traveling with your wedding party to your after-party, make sure the vehicle is stocked with waters, spirits and light bites to keep the festivities going. And if your exit is just the two of you, enlist a bridesmaid to assemble a small package to fortify you as you make your getaway. Have her include leftovers from dinner to eat because—trust us—you’ll be hungry (some couples barely have time to eat at their reception) and something to drink (water, soda or champagne to have a private toast). Get more transportation advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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8 wedding planning mistakes—and how to deal

Mishaps and miscommunications are inevitable while planning a wedding, so try not to sweat it. Here’s a heads-up on the most common ones so you can avoid them from the start.

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freaking out because someone else has your gown Since wedding day personalization is so important to couples, it’s easy to lose it if another pair chooses the same fashion, favors or food. But before you have a meltdown, consider a healthier way to deal. Instead of worrying about someone else’s wedding looking the same as yours, think about how to make the similar detail different. If a friend chooses the same gown as you, find accents to personalize yours. Accessorize with a brooch, add a sash, embellish the train with some embroidery or pick a unique veil to set yours apart.

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When you started planning, you thought you knew what you wanted, but after scouring Pinterest, you’ve completely changed your mind. It’s not the best realization, but don’t worry—your wedding style can still be salvageable (but it may cost you extra, contractually). Unsure about the color scheme? Work with your florist to change your bouquets and centerpieces—adding new blooms in all of your arrangements will introduce a new color throughout the room. Don’t love your linens? Spice them up with bright table runners or overlays. If you start freaking out, remember—you’re committing to your partner, not your wedding colors. >>

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We know you’re so excited to be engaged and plan an amazing wedding. You can’t wait to choose your save-the-dates, book your venue, select your flowers and taste cake flavors. But hold on—one of the most important factors that goes into wedding planning is your guest list, which essentially determines your budget. It’s what also shapes most of the other elements of your wedding, from the venue to the catering. It’s not the easiest part of planning, but you shouldn’t make any decisions before you have your list pretty firmly in place. Why? You don’t want to put down a nonrefundable deposit on a cozy restaurant room that fits 75 when your mother-in-law’s additions bump your list to over 200. Once you’ve discussed numbers with your partner and families, then you can move forward. That said, this means you and your fiancé can almost immediately start thinking about what you want the atmosphere of your wedding to be: an intimate affair with close friends and family, or a bash with 300-plus people (or maybe somewhere in the middle).

We know you’re excited to plan, but there’s only so much anyone can take when confronted with an infinite array of invitation choices and unfamiliar floral terms. In order to keep wedding talk (and potentially irritated moods) at bay, designate one night a week to sit down with your significant other and discuss every aspect of the wedding. Use this time to try to get a concrete idea of their interest in the various details. If invitation suites just aren’t their thing, resolve to leave them out of that decision. No need to drag anyone into something they don’t care about. But also listen for things they are interested in. Chances are you’ll find yourself a willing helper, at least in one area. Moving forward, try to make all other nights wedding-free. Catch up with each other, go out with friends, watch TV—anything. You’ll both be so happy to know the person you fell in love with is still there, and definitely appreciate the breather from planning.

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You’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams, but it’s not quite a perfect fit on the real-life you. If your plan is to order the dress two sizes too small and do whatever it takes to make it fit, pause for a moment. Making a commitment to exercise often and eat a nutritious diet is great at any stage in your life, not just your wedding. On the other hand, crash-dieting and chaining yourself to the treadmill for a few months is a course likely to end in disaster—and an ill-fitting gown. Instead of losing more sleep than weight, find a dress you love and order it in your current size. If you want to work on your body during your engagement, that’s great—just be sure to make your goals manageable (toning up but not dropping 20 pounds, for instance). You’re more likely to stick with a routine that doesn’t require superhuman willpower. And if you still find that you’re worried about your figure, just remember that you’re about to get married to someone who can’t get enough of the way you look right now. If you plan to lose a few extra pounds, the slow-andsteady approach will help you big time (and help you keep it off long term)—and you should do it before your second fitting. If your body goes through any big changes after that, you may be lighter, but your alterations bill could be pricey—we’re talking hundreds of dollars. Your final fitting should be for last-minute tweaks, not a total overhaul.

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The place cards just came back from the printer and the color of the ink is a little off from the print hue on your invites. Let’s face it—even the most perfectly planned wedding will hit a few bumps along the way. When you’ve worked so hard for months on details, it can be tough to manage when you find a flaw. The key is when you spot one, you’ll need to take a breath and think: How important is this really going to be to me in a year? Most mishaps that are causing you agitation won’t matter to you at all once you’re at your wedding. If it’s a serious snarl, deal with it. But if it’s a minor mess-up, try to move on.

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Once you’ve realized you can’t do it all yourself, you enlist someone you trust to double-check with the caterer and the florist, steam your veil and make sure the limo company has directions. Most brides turn to their moms (or sister or maid of honor) to make sure things go as planned on the actual day. These people are usually happy to help in any way they can, but don’t forget they came to celebrate with you too (and they’re working on a volunteer basis). No matter how worried you are, most wedding day (and day-before) chores can be trusted to any competent adult, and aren’t there a slew of them coming into town just for your wedding? So before you hand your mom or maid of honor a mega-task list, consider splitting jobs among a larger group of people—friends, cousins, aunts. They’ll be glad to lend a hand (and likely flattered you asked), and it’s a great way to include more people in your celebration. If you’re worried about losing track, simply take the to-do list you already have and note who’s doing what next to each task. Check in with each person at some point, then check off the chore from the list. You also have the option, if budget permits, to hire a wedding coordinator for the final weeks before the wedding (or even just the day-of). They’re experts at making sure those last-minute tasks get done, and having the extra hands will help you relax before your wedding and on the day of.

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what it’s for People will want to congratulate you on your engagement, and a party’s a lot more fun than a phone call. It’s also a great time to introduce key people from your lives who are going to be seeing a lot of each other (and possibly helping plan your wedding together) over the next year or so. “It’s really the first time before the wedding when you have different groups of friends and generations getting to know each other in a much more intimate way,” says celebrity wedding planner Jung Lee of Fête.

who hosts Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the first official celebration. Then, the groom’s parents can throw their own party, or maybe both sets of parents will come together to cohost an event. But these days, more couples are throwing their engagement party themselves (but keep in mind that if you’re doing the inviting, it’s your responsibility to foot the bill too). Friends can also host (and may even volunteer to), but before you ask, be conscious of the financial responsibility they may be taking on.

The engagement party should fall within a few months of the proposal, right in the sweet spot between carefree, just-engaged life and the start of serious wedding planning. So about 9 to 11 months before the wedding is the ideal time frame, and you’ll want to give guests about a month’s notice (or more if they’ll be traveling).

whose turf it’s on Say you live in New York but most of your family and friends are in Chicago: You may decide to have your party in your hometown (and enlist someone local to help you plan), host it in your current locale or even throw two parties. Also, when picking the party location, consider where you plan to have your wedding—you may not want to ask guests to travel twice. Just be mindful of how many invitations you’re sending out to your guests and bridal party before the wedding day arrives; they won’t feel left out if they’re not invited to one a plane ride away.

where to have it Depending on how many people you’re inviting, you can make an engagement party work almost anywhere—it’s really up to the hosts. To choose the venue, think about the atmosphere you want. If you like the idea of having everyone in the same room, you might opt to rent a private space at a restaurant, bar or country club. Want something a bit more low-key? A house, backyard or beach club might be a better choice for you.

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who to invite It used to be that you weren’t supposed to invite anyone to the engagement party whom you weren’t inviting to your wedding, case closed. But now that so many couples live and host their nuptials far away from their families and friends, and the formality level of engagement parties is evolving, expectations have changed. Engagement parties now often include people who aren’t invited to the wedding. If your friends want to plan an informal bar party and just email the invites a few weeks before, it’s totally fine to include people you aren’t sure will end up making the wedding guest list (coworkers, newer friends, college roommates). And if your parents’ good friends want to host a cocktail party at their home in your honor, let your parents invite mutual friends and business associates you might not have room for at your wedding. If, on the other hand, either you two or your parents are hosting, the old etiquette rule sticks. When the wedding hosts send the engagement party invitation, it’s considered one of the official wedding events and guests assume they’re invited to the wedding too. To avoid a sticky situation later, start working on your wedding guest list now with your families. Then trim the engagement party list down to your wedding party, immediate family and closest friends. >>

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how to invite Feel free to keep the invitations simple and budget friendly. You can even make them yourselves or send out an email invite from sites like Paperless Post. If you’ve chosen your invitation designer already and want to go more formal, see if they’ll offer a special rate. Don’t worry if you haven’t settled on a color palette or don’t have a wedding date in mind yet—your engagement party invitations don’t have to match the rest of your stationery. Also, have your wedding registry started before the engagement party invites are sent in case guests want to bring a gift.

what to serve Anything from passed appetizers or tasting menu stations to a buffet or casual cookout will work. Or get creative and serve dishes that share something about you. “I had a bride and groom known for having Sunday Mexican dinners, so of course they brought it back with margaritas, mini fish tacos and great guacamole,” Lee says. As for dessert, serve it if you’d like, but it doesn’t have to be cake. Consider gourmet ice cream sandwiches, assorted baked goods or seasonal treats like candy apples or lemon tarts.

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While it’s fine for the décor and details to reflect your wedding colors and theme, don’t feel like you have to rush to choose them just so your engagement party can match. The real trick here is you don’t want to upstage the wedding. If you’re envisioning a casual beach soiree with simple décor, a fancy cocktail party at a swanky hotel with over-the-top centerpieces might make that beach bash feel like a bit of a letdown. Consider choosing a style and theme that are completely different from your wedding day to mix things up. So if you’re planning a formal ballroom affair, go for a laid-back clambake for your engagement party, with vibrant, fun colors and an outdoor setting.

what to wear Your wardrobe will depend on the setting of the party. For bridesto-be, aside from the obvious (don’t wear an evening gown to a backyard barbecue), keep it simple enough that you don’t outdo your wedding look, but special enough that you still stand out. As for the grooms, while you don’t have to wear a suit and tie or a tux, you should match your partner in formality. And if you have a specific dress code for guests, make a note of it on the invitation. Download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app to check off your to-dos.

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6 engagement party theme ideas The key to throwing the perfect engagement soiree: Find a theme that fits the two of you.

brunch

Maybe it’s French inspired with mini bottles of champagne, macarons and quiche— or more rustic with homemade granola and blueberry pancakes. Coffee, juice, mimosas and Bellinis are musts.

cooking class

Impress foodies with a cooking class hosted at a local culinary school or restaurant—or hire a chef to teach the class at home. Pick a starter, entrée and dessert that fits you as a couple, and share the recipe cards.

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Use a tropical color scheme and accent with chic pineapple and palm tree décor. Mix up fun mai tais and blood orange mojitos. Serve tangy barbecue-style food like pulled pork and fried plantains.

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Oenophiles? Have plenty of wine glasses on hand and hire a sommelier to guide the tasting. Make a spread of great cheeses, baguettes, fruit, hummus and olives for pairing.

mexican fiesta

Mark your engagement with bold, bright table settings, and serve pitchers of margaritas and tacos. Deck out your space in festive multicolored paper lanterns and pom-poms.

beach clambake

Host a clambake or fish fry, or go upscale with a seafood spread of grilled shrimp, lobster and scallops. When it comes to the sides, stick to the classics, like corn on the cob and coleslaw.

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Barrier Reef gets all the hype, but the Ningaloo Reef on the northwest coast is equally spectacular. WHEN TO GO April to September is prime time. Whale shark swim experiences are available April to July and humpback whale swims from August to October. WHERE TO STAY The Outback-meets-reef setting of Sal Salis in Cape Range National Park puts you steps from UNESCO World Heritage–listed coral. Stay in the honeymoon tent (from $710 per person, including meals; SalSalis.com.au), which features ocean views and a double hammock for stargazing. BEST FOR Adventurous couples looking to disconnect, and reconnect with nature WORTH THE SPLURGE If you love being on the water, book the sail and snorkel package (from $3,600 per person). It includes three nights at the camp and three nights aboard the 51-foot catamaran.

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the world’s most dynamic cities, Sydney will fill your culture quota with museums, restaurants, opera and architecture while also checking your chill box with its beachside cafés and surfer style. WHEN TO GO September through November and March to May offer comfortable temps and fewer tourists. WHERE TO STAY The hip, new QT Bondi (from $215; QTHotelsandResorts .com/bondi-beach) has a vibrant SoCal vibe, retro furnishings and a location just off legendary Bondi Beach. There isn’t a restaurant, but each room has a kitchenette, and every Saturday, the Bondi Farmers Market sets up across the street. BEST FOR Cool seekers who want culture mixed with seaside R & R WORTH THE SPLURGE Get an aerial view of the Opera House during a seaplane ride to Pretty Beach House. This four-pavilion retreat is all about indulgence (from $1,500 per night, two-night minimum; round-trip seaplane flight from $495; PrettyBeachHouse.com).

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MAKGADIKGADI PANS & THE KALAHARI DESERT, botswana

WHY GO Deemed the Serengeti of the South, the lunarlike Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt flats in the world. During wet season, the area boasts southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration—a must-see. WHEN TO GO Wet season, November through March, brings high rainfall but also zebras, wildebeests and flamingos. April to May is dry and warm, while June to August is dry but chillier. WHERE TO STAY Jack’s Camp feels like a mirage set in the desert. Ten en suite canvas tents are decked out in lavish, 1940s exploration style complete with Persian rugs and rich mahogany furnishings (from $1,225; UnchartedAfrica.com). The guides at Jack’s are a rare mix of wise scholars and old-school bushman adventurers. BEST FOR Couples nostalgic for Hemingway-esque safari luxury; couples who want culture and wildlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Enjoy a drink on the salt pans as the sun goes down—just two chairs, a few beverages and you and your new spouse. Once the sun has set, the most amazing star-filled night sky appears, as there’s absolutely zero air pollution.

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Bali in favor of Raja Ampat. Nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, you’ll find some of the best diving in the world. WHEN TO GO October through April is the dry season, and it also brings an abundance of manta rays. WHERE TO STAY Misool Eco Resort is surrounded by the protected 300,000-acre Misool Marine Park, teeming with ocean life. Spend days snorkeling, at the spa or touring local villages (from $2,400 per person for a seven-night stay, all-inclusive; MisoolEcoResort.com). BEST FOR Diving enthusiasts INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Don your snorkels and swim with baby black tip reef sharks in the waters just off the resort.

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WHY GO One of the world’s most dramatic stretches of coast is home to ancient valleys, dune fields and shipwrecks. Despite the extreme landscape, it’s also startlingly full of life and offers a really unique safari experience. WHEN TO GO Namibia is a true year-round destination. December through March is hot, but also green with lots of wildlife. WHERE TO STAY Conservation-minded outfitter Wilderness Safaris boasts some of the top guides in Africa and operates the eight-tent, fly-in, fly-out Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (from $595, allinclusive; Wilderness-Safaris.com). Each tent features an en suite bedroom with an outdoor deck. You may be blissfully isolated from civilization, but the camp still provides top-shelf gin and tonics around the campfire, cashmere slips under the duvets and a delicious springbok fillet for dinner. BEST FOR Couples who have already been to Africa or who are looking for a fresh take on the classic safari INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT The Big Five are overrated. Instead, take home game drive shots of Namibia’s desertadapted wildlife, like brown hyena, giraffe and desert elephants. WORTH THE SPLURGE On a three-night stay or more with Wilderness Safaris, guests have the opportunity to experience a flying excursion over the coast, which provides a magnificent perspective of the other-worldly landscape (think: moonlike), plus great photo ops of seal colonies.

WHY GO Bypass

WHY GO The gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers authentic Khmer restaurants, and access to the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. WHEN TO GO December and January are assuredly sunny, but can also be crowded. While June is in the rainy season, the days are cooler and the temples don’t overflow with tourists quite like “summer” months. WHERE TO STAY Located only a 20-minute drive from Angkor Wat, Phum Baitang is the hotel of choice for celebrities. The resort has the feel of a traditional Khmer village, with 45 stilted villas and a bar and restaurant housed in a century-old Cambodian farmhouse (from $375; PhumBaitang.com). The Spa Temple offers seven treatment rooms, or choose to unwind at the cigar and cocktail lounge. BEST FOR Culture lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Skip the typical sunrise temple posts. Get your guide to snap a photo of you riding a buffalo cart through Khmer villages. ROMANTIC MOMENT At Cuisine Wat Damnak, chef Joannès Rivière updates Cambodia’s golden age dishes like Mekong langoustine with pumpkin and lemon basil. The six-course menu is a steal, and the garden patio is the perfect spot for a special meal (CuisineWatDamnak.com). >>

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resort city of Nha Trang is known for its beaches, dive sites and vibrant nightlife. Off the coast, you have your choice of quiet island paradise. WHEN TO GO Sunny days abound from February through August. WHERE TO STAY The new 105-villa Anam raises the bar for over-the-top service. In addition to a private beach, you have your choice of three swimming pools (from $200; TheAnam.com). BEST FOR Beach lovers; architecture nerds; service snobs; couples seeking nightlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Spend an afternoon being totally pampered with body scrubs and massages at the Balinese-inspired Sri Mara Spa at The Anam, then have a private lunch with your own waitstaff right on the beach.

MALAYSIA WHY GO Malaysia offers a unique blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, plus wild rain forests, untouched beaches and some of Southeast Asia’s most delicious cuisine. WHEN TO GO Avoid monsoon season and visit between March and September. WHERE TO STAY Indulge your private island fantasies at Pangkor Laut Resort (from $193; PangkorLautResort.com). Just off the west coast of Malaysia, the resort is surrounded by jungles and turquoise sea and has its own spa village. Of the seven restaurants, Uncle Lim’s Kitchen stands out for its Chinese-style home cooking. BEST FOR Spa junkies; romantics; foodies INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Let a resident naturalist lead you on a rain forest trek in search of monkeys, reptiles and more.

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NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

MAUI, hawaii WHY GO Maui is the best of all worlds:

You’ll find a carefree surfer vibe on the North Shore, amazing resorts and a place that makes you feel like you’re in another era in Hana. WHEN TO GO During shoulder seasons— April through May and September through November—you’ll find more affordable rates, fewer crowds and idyllic weather. WHERE TO STAY Skip the tourist-filled big resorts of Maui’s South Coast and experience the island like a local on the North Shore. The Inn at Mama’s is set on a secluded beach shaded by coconut palms and puts you steps from the island’s celebrated restaurant Mama’s Fish House and a five-minute drive from the hippie-chic town of Paia (from $275; InnatMamas.com). BEST FOR Free-spirited beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT A photo tour with Daniel Sullivan, owner of Paia’s Indigo Gallery, will take you off the beaten path along the wildly popular Hana Highway (three-hour tours from $560; DanielSullivan.PhotoShelter.com). Just don’t give up the location of the remote spots when you post.

KAUAI WHY GO People

get hooked on Kauai because of its Jurassic Park–esque waterways and the postcard-perfect sunsets of Hanalei Bay. WHEN TO GO Mid-April to mid-June and September to December are best. WHERE TO STAY The St. Regis Princeville Resort has a heavenly setting overlooking Hanalei Bay and a “your wish is our command” philosophy (from $1,575; StRegisPrinceville.com). Don’t fall victim to the resort’s 5,000-square-foot infinity pool. You can easily laze away a week under a pool lounger, but the natural attractions should not be missed. BEST FOR Couples seeking wild natural beauty but super-luxe digs WORTH THE SPLURGE Dine by candlelight while a private waitstaff attends to your every whim during a secluded, four-course, alfresco dinner at the St. Regis (from $1,290 per couple). >>

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WHY GO Rugged coastlines, wild beaches and animals like whales, eagles and bears make you feel like you’re truly in the wild, but the quirky town of Homer— with its hippie cafés, fun bars and funky shops—is just a 25-minute boat ride away. WHEN TO GO June to August is the warmest, but shoulder months May and September can be cheaper. WHERE TO STAY Tutka Bay Lodge’s remote setting on a seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay feels worlds away (from $4,860 per person for a three-night, all-inclusive stay; WithintheWild.com). The six-cabin wilderness retreat perfectly combines adventures with indulgences including a sauna, wine tastings, massages and multicourse meals. BEST FOR Wannabe chefs; outdoorsy types INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Bring your zoom lens to snap a photo of a brown bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve. ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange everything from a picnic for two on top of Grewingk Glacier to a sunset cruise through Kachemak Bay followed by a private dinner on your cabin’s deck. They’ll even prepare oysters you’ve scouted at a nearby farm.

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is the gateway to the ever-shifting icy landscape of Los Glaciares National Park. WHEN TO GO Visit from November to mid-December or March through April. WHERE TO STAY Set within a nearly 10,000-acre estate, Eolo was inspired by ancient Patagonian ranches and exudes old-world gaucho elegance. Rooms offer views of the Lago Argentino and La Anita Valley (from $770; EOLO.com.ar). The in-house guides are all locals and have exceptional knowledge. But don’t expect gaucho cuisine—the fine dining restaurant has earned Eolo Relais & Chateaux status. BEST FOR Food and wine connoisseurs; nature lovers; hikers; wannabe gauchos ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange a horseback ride to a private picnic with a bottle of malbec. EcoCamp, Chile

TORRES DEL PAINE, chile WHY GO Unparalleled trekking through a changing landscape of glacial lakes and jagged mountains is just outside your door. WHEN TO GO November through March is best, but shoulder months April, September and October have lower rates. WHERE TO STAY EcoCamp offers sustainable digs in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park (from $1,395 for a five-day wildlife safari; EcoCamp.travel). Guests sleep in geodesic dome-shaped structures modeled after ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings. Ceiling windows let you fall asleep while stargazing, and private terraces offer a romantic spot to watch the sunset. Guests gather for meals in an enormous dining dome. Request one with heat unless you prefer to snuggle. BEST FOR Eco-conscious travelers; glampers; hikers; yogis; outdoor lovers WORTH THE SPLURGE Visit one of Patagonia’s largest ranches and spend a day horseback riding with local baqueanos (cowboys). You’ll ride past small villages, spot condor nests and hear about the region’s legendary stories over a picnic lunch (from $461; Cascada.travel). >>

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Chapel Creek Ranch is a brand-new rustic wedding venue located north of Dallas. Quietly tucked away in the rolling meadows of Denton, Chapel Creek is a place to come to relax, unwind and enjoy your special day. From our 350-capacity barn to our cozy chapel and outdoor ceremony locations, your options are endless. We vow to selflessly serve each and every one of our clients, while treating your day like the most important day of our lives. Come out to the ranch for a tour and be one of the first brides to say “I do� at Chapel Creek Ranch!

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Caribbean’s most elite island has 22 white-sand beaches, extraordinary restaurants and hot nightclubs. WHEN TO GO May through June has great weather and a chill vibe. December is peak season and prime for celebrity sightings. WHERE TO STAY Nestled on Baie de St. Jean, arguably St. Bart’s sexiest beach, Le Tom Beach Hotel (from $342; TomBeach.com) is in walking distance to island hot spots like Nikki Beach and Eden Rock. Rooms are secluded by gardens. BEST FOR Sun seekers; couples who want nightlife; celeb junkies ROMANTIC MOMENT Stop at a local grocery for a picnic lunch and hike to quiet Anse du Grande Colombier, one of the world’s prettiest beaches.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WHY GO A quick

flight from major East Coast hubs, the Dominican Republic is a mix of party beach towns and elite and exclusive compounds. WHEN TO GO Skip crowds and hurricane season and visit March through May. WHERE TO STAY With just nine colorful bungalows, Playa Grande Beach Club is an intimate departure from the DR’s all-inclusive mega-resorts (from $800; PlayaGrandeBeachClub.com). The North Coast retreat is set on a mile-long beach, but guests can also sunbathe in a cabana by the property’s lap pool. BEST FOR Beach bums ROMANTIC MOMENT Playa Grande can arrange sunset horseback rides for all levels ($66 per person for two hours).

restaurants and gorgeous beaches make this one of the Caribbean’s hot spots. WHEN TO GO May through August are the best months to visit. WHERE TO STAY An 18-month remodel by Auberge Resorts brought the famed Malliouhana hotel back to its 1950s glamour: The rooms, suites and a cliffside restaurant were redone and a 15,000-square-foot spa was added (from $525; Malliouhana.AubergeResorts.com). Perched atop a bluff above three of the island’s top beaches—Meads Bay, Bobbing Cove and Turtle Cove—the hotel is ideally situated for snorkeling and sunsets. BEST FOR Food lovers; sun seekers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Every honeymoon requires the quintessential sunset photo, and the Sunset Bar at Malliouhana is the precise place to snap it—with mojitos in hand, of course. ROMANTIC MOMENT Book a candlelit, private dinner with a dedicated waiter and guitarist under one of the recently refreshed pool cabanas overlooking the ocean. Then, indulge in gourmet s’mores around the fire pit for dessert accompanied by an aged rum tasting. Cap your night off with a late-night dip in the two-tier pool. >>

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DUBROVNIK, croatia WHY GO One of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, Dubrovnik charms visitors with its pedestrian-only Old Town, Baroque churches and fortified beauty. Add its stunning beaches and laidback eateries serving top-notch seafood and excellent Croatian wine to the mix, and you have a recipe for paradise. WHEN TO GO Avoid the cruise passengers and visit September through November. WHERE TO STAY Built into a cliff above the Adriatic, the newly renovated Villa Dubrovnik makes you feel like royalty perched above the Adriatic and Old City (from $490; Villa-Dubrovnik.hr). The exclusive setting means guests must arrive from the Old Town via a 10-minute Vaporetto speedboat ride. Some of its 56 rooms and suites offer sea-view balconies, and the roof is home to a wine bar. BEST FOR Couples who have already explored classic Europe; history buffs; über romantics; urbanites INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Re-create a scene from a vintage Adriatic postcard and pose in your swimsuits on the hotel’s private rocky beach. At the shoreline, concrete platforms extend out from the sandstone, creating a natural backdrop from another era.

SALINA, the aeolian islands WHY GO Salina is the greenest of seven of the inhabited islands in the UNESCO World Heritage–status Aeolian archipelago. Hikers can climb Monte Fossa delle Felci, the highest peak. WHEN TO GO The busy season is from mid-July through August when sun seekers descend. Late May and September are the sweet spots—great weather, fewer crowds. WHERE TO STAY The family behind Tasca d’Almerita, one of Sicily’s most important wine producers, owns the 20-room Capofaro hotel, which overlooks some of the vineyards (from $296; Capofaro .it). Food and wine are taken seriously here, but don’t expect fussy eats—the philosophy is simple and delicious. BEST FOR Wine lovers looking for a fresh experience; foodies; island junkies WORTH THE SPLURGE Have the hotel arrange a day cruise aboard the yacht Don Felipe and explore coves, bays and caves that are otherwise unreachable by land.

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SERIFOS, greece WHY GO Don’t follow the masses to Santorini, Mykonos or Paros. Instead, explore Serifos. Active travelers can keep busy hiking, biking and diving. Plus, you’re just a three-hour ferry ride from Athens. WHEN TO GO April to June and September to mid-October are the best bets. WHERE TO STAY In a previous life, CocoMat Eco Residences housed local miners. Today, the beachfront hotel has a seaside lounge bar and a friendly staff who can arrange a romantic breakfast in bed (from $231; Serifos.Coco-Mat-Hotels.com). BEST FOR Eco-minded, active couples ROMANTIC MOMENT Coco-Mat’s staff can help you rent scooters for a perfect island beach crawl.

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

always had amazing beaches, beautiful architecture and ancient ruins. But the recently booming food scene on this remote heel of Italy’s boot has the region primed to be the next Tuscany. WHEN TO GO A temperate climate makes Puglia a year-round destination. WHERE TO STAY Masseria Le Carrube, a working farmhouse in the town of Ostuni, has been transformed into a sister property of Puglia’s top hotel Borgo Egnazia (from $155; MasseriaLeCarrubeOstuni.it). Don’t miss a meal at its vegetarian restaurant. BEST FOR Food and wine nerds; beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Explore Valle D’Itria and the village’s cylindrical houses with beehive-shaped roofs.  lan your perfect adventure at P TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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5. LIPSTICK Touch up your lip often with a mini tube in your shade of choice. Le Rouge lipstick, $36, Givenchy, Sephora.com

8. FRAGRANCE Dab a scent

11. FASHION TAPE A quick fix for falling hemlines and plunging necklines. Fashion tape, $9, Hollywood Fashion Secrets, Ulta.com

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happy tears (and keeping your eye makeup on point). On the Go slim pack, $2 for pack of 3, Kleenex, Drugstore.com 7. HAIR SPRAY Splurge on a high-quality formula to make sure your ’do stays put.

on your pulse points to smell amazing all day. Gelsomino Nobile cream, $95 for 5.25 oz., Acqua Di Parma, Sephora.com 9. FACE MIST Just one spritz

of this spray infused with herbal essential oils refreshes makeup and calms skin. Beauty Elixir spray, $18 for 1 oz., Caudalie.com 10. STAIN REMOVER Pack a portable stain removing pen for

12. MAKEUP BAG Look for a

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From bridezillas to bachelorette party blips, The Knot editors get real about their bridesmaid pet peeves. BRIDECHILLA BEHAVIOR “It can be stressful when the bride is super unorganized and just tells the bridesmaids that anything is fine. It’s great to be laid back—a bridechilla is always better than a bridezilla. But there comes a certain point when the bridesmaids need a cohesive color and fabric, or the bride’s preferences on the bachelorette party and bridal shower. Otherwise, it’s all guesswork and the stress is multiplied tenfold.”

SHOE SNAFU As editors of The Knot, we know better than anyone that being a bridesmaid can have its ups and downs. On one hand, you get to play a role in the biggest day of your friend’s life. On the other, there are expenses coming at you left and right, and combined with many personalities, it’s hard to know what you’re in for. Our relatable pet peeves will remind you that you’re not alone in this. Brides, take note!

—Katie Kortebein Research Assistant Editor

“My biggest pet peeve is being forced to wear the exact same shoes. Not everyone’s feet are the same shape, and we all favor certain heel heights, brands and styles. They might not be comfortable for dancing either. Also, never seeing the professional photos is another issue. Since we’re in the shots, we want to see them and keep them for our memories too.” —Stephanie Cain Real Weddings Editor

CHAMPAGNE CAMPAIGN “Plan your time accordingly. I was in a wedding where the ceremony was at 5:30 p.m. but we were all up for hair and makeup at 6 a.m. Not only were we done getting ready by 11 a.m. we then had to wait around another three hours before we started taking photos. The best part: The bride was anti-mimosas. For the sake of your bridesmaids, at least provide us with a little bubbly and some much-needed bagels to tide us over.”

—Kellee Kratzer Managing Editor

BEAUTY BLUNDER

—Rachel Sylvester Real Weddings Associate Editor

“When you’ve already spent money on a bridesmaid dress, engagement party, bachelorette party, shower, gifts and travel, it’s one more thing to have to pay for your own hair and makeup the day of the wedding. Your bridesmaids have gone above and beyond for you on your day, so make them feel special too by covering this expense.”

“Be conscious of how much your friends are spending. If you’re planning a lavish destination bachelorette party, it’s probably best not to ask for gifts in addition to those splurge-worthy events. Remember: Your wedding party is there to celebrate and support you, but it shouldn’t cause them additional stress or force them into debt.”

“Give her a plus-one. Between the cash she’s shelling out and the enthusiasm she’s maintained through dress shopping and envelope stuffing, she deserves it.”

—Sarah Love Associate Photo Editor

—Shelley Brown Fashion and Beauty Associate Editor

—Lauren Kay Deputy Editor

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make it legal Texas Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Texas, the legal age for marriage is 18. Couples ages 16–17 must have parental consent; 15 and under must obtain a court order. Blood tests and residency are not required. In most counties, the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. The bride and groom must present their Social Security numbers (in some counties, the actual card is required) and valid photo IDs or original copies of their birth certificates, along with a payment that is usually between $60 and $71 (methods of accepted payment vary). Couples not on active military duty will have a waiting period of 72 hours to obtain the license, which is then valid for 30 days within the state of Texas. Couples on active duty are exempt from this waiting period. No divorce decree or death certificate is required, although a license cannot be obtained until at least 30 days after the prior spouse’s divorce or death. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Bexar County

Comal County

Fort Bend County

Hays County

Nueces County

Travis County

County Clerk 101 W. Nueva St., Ste. 120 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 335-2221 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 150 N. Seguin, Ste. 101 New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 221-1230 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 301 Jackson St. Richmond, TX 77469 (281) 341-8685 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, Th.; 8 a.m.–4 p.m., T, W, F

County Clerk 712 Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 208 San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 393-7330 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 901 Leopard St., Ste. 201 Corpus Christi, TX 78401 (361) 888-0580 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 5501 Airport Blvd., Ste. B-100 Austin, TX 78751 (512) 854-9188 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Brazoria County

Galveston County

Hidalgo County

Rockwall County

Williamson County

County Clerk 111 E. Locust St., Ste. 200 Angleton, TX 77515 (979) 864-1355 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 600 59th St., Ste. 2001 Galveston, TX 77551 (409) 766-2200 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 100 N. Closner Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 318-2100 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Cameron County

Denton County

Guadalupe County

Johnson County

County Clerk 1111 E. Yellowjacket Ln., Ste. 100 Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 204-6300 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 405 Martin Luther King Blvd. Georgetown, TX 78626 (512) 943-1515 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

County Clerk 964 E. Harrison St., Fl. 2 Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 544-0815 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk Denton County Courts Building 1450 E. McKinney St. Denton, TX 76209 (940) 349-2010 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., W

County Clerk 211 West Court St. Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 303-8863 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

County Clerk Johnson County Courthouse 2 N. Main St. Cleburne, TX 76033 (817) 202-4000 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Dallas County County Clerk Records Building 509 Main St., Fl. 2 Dallas, TX 75202 (214) 653-7099 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk Collin County Administration Building 2300 Bloomdale Rd., Ste. 2104 McKinney, TX 75071 (972) 548-4185 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

El Paso County County Clerk 500 E. San Antonio, Ste. 105 El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 546-2071 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Harris County County Clerk Harris County Civil Courthouse 201 Caroline, 4th Fl. Houston, TX 77002 (713) 755-6405 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Montgomery County County Clerk 210 W. Davis Conroe, TX 77301 (936) 539-7885 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Tarrant County

Wilson County

Vital Records Tarrant County Plaza Building 200 Taylor St., Ste. 301 Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817) 884-1550 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk PO Box 27 Floresville, TX 78114 (830) 393-7308 8 a.m.–noon, 1–5 p.m., M–Th.; 8 a.m.–noon, 1–4:30 p.m., F

Taylor County

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@ theknot.com.

County Clerk 300 Oak St. Abilene, TX 79602 (325) 674-1202 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

make it known Texas Publications GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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Submit info on Friday, one week prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $224 to $2,016.

(210) 250-2583 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 2171 San Antonio, TX 78297

Submit info on Wednesday, two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $176.60 to $2,279.

Dallas Morning News

(214) 977-8405 508 Young St. Dallas, TX 75202

Announcements must be submitted by 3 p.m. Monday, two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Fees start at $159.95.

Austin American-Statesman

(512) 445-4008 PO Box 670 Austin, TX 78767

Deadline for submissions is 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: No

Fees range from $163.74 to $609.24 based on size of announcement.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

(817) 390-7178 808 Throckmorton Fort Worth, TX 76102

You will be contacted after info and payment are received.

Form: Optional

Fees range from $75 to $7,550 with a photo and $25 without a photo.

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provide an unparalleled backdrop for the perfect wedding. The focus on bringing the outdoors in has never been so perfectly captured. capacity 300 | price $$

andrew ormsby at cityplace events the 1850 settlement

29360 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX (210) 865-2201 1850Settlement.com Here at The 1850 Settlement, you’ll enter into another world of old-world charm and romance. Get lost in each other’s company and the warm embrace that this oneof-a-kind venue offers. capacity 300+ | price $$

501 ranch

Uvalde, TX (830) 278-3939 events@501ranch.com 501Events.com The 501 Ranch is the ideal selection for an elegant ranch wedding you will never forget. Located in South Texas, it’s the perfect destination, whether you are coming from Mexico or elsewhere in the States. The ranch itself has several venue options—something for every bride! capacity 600 | price $$$$

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809 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, TX (817) 810-0921 info@atvickery.com AtVickery.com 809 at Vickery is a private event venue where industrial meets elegance. The space invites varied perspectives where your ideal event can be projected onto 809 at Vickery’s blank canvas. With three individual, yet connected spaces, this venue provides a lively environment for any type of event. capacity 400 | price $$

the allan house

1104 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX (512) 478-8653 events@allanhouse.com AllanHouse.com This historic Victorian home creates a picturesque venue with lovely parlors, wide verandas, and an idyllic courtyard. Our gated grounds include a stone patio below a canopy of century-old oak trees illuminated with hundreds of white lights. Create your own historic memories at The Allan House. capacity 300 | price $$

the allen farmhaus

2606 FM 758, New Braunfels, TX (830) 358-3333 TheAllenFarmhaus.com The Allen Farmhaus brings a fresh perspective to vintage charm. Located right outside of the New Braunfels city limits, these 52 acres of rolling hay fields

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2711 North Haskell Ave., LB #34, Dallas, TX (214) 515-5100 info@cityplaceevents.com CityplaceEvents.com Andrew Ormsby at Cityplace Events ensures your ceremony and/or wedding reception will be one of a kind. This venue hosts several styles of spaces from traditional to contemporary, a seasoned team for both on- and off-premise catering, and the ability to create a celebration that is perfectly you. capacity 400 | price $$$

ashelynn manor

25276 Nichols Sawmill Road, Magnolia, TX (281) 252-3355 | info@ashelynnmanor.com AshelynnManor.com Ashelynn Manor is a premier event venue, which has a beautiful vintage Chapel, outdoor ceremony sites and a gorgeous 5,000-square-foot renovated Carriage House Ballroom adorned with 34 crystal chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Our on-site wedding coordinators and support staff will see to your every need. capacity 275 | price $$$

ashton gardens

Houston and Dallas AshtonGardens.com Nestled in a private forest that surrounds the glass enclosed chapel and with breathtaking views from the elegant ballrooms with towering windows and crystal chandeliers, Ashton Gardens offers a most unique setting, exquisite cuisine, and four-star service to create the perfect wedding. capacity 400 | price $$

avalon legacy ranch

2022 Wayside Trail, McKinney, TX (469) 450-6211 AvalonLegacyRanch.com You deserve a venue as unforgettable as your wedding. Nestled in the midst of 25 wooded acres that border a stunning reservoir, Avalon Legacy Ranch is unimaginably unique and magnificently beautiful. capacity 220 | price $

balmorhea weddings & events

33400 Wright Rd., Magnolia, TX (281) 356-2305 info@balmorheaevents.com BalmorheaEvents.com Welcome! Balmorhea (pronounced Bal-mor-ay) is the newest event venue in the northwest Houston area. It is set on 32 acres with beautiful oaks, lakes, stone bridges and meadows. Balmorhea features a bridal house for use prior to your ceremony and schedules one event per day. Call us today! capacity 350 | price $$

the barn at hickory creek

620 Hickory Creek Ranch Road, Crockett, TX (936) 222-4562 TheBarnatHickoryCreek.com Located in the piney woods of Crockett, overlooking a private 31-acre lake, The Barn at Hickory Creek combines rustic simplicity and modern elegance with simply stunning views. capacity 300 | price $$

the barn at the rock house hideaway

197 Rock House Drive, Fredericksburg, TX (866) 957-3529 info@rockhousehideaway.com RockHouseHideaway.com What makes us unique is that we offer picturesque Hill Country landscapes, a fully renovated 1940s barn with a rustic exterior design and chic interior, and on-site accommodations for you and your immediate family and friends—while only one mile from downtown Fredericksburg. capacity 200 | price $$

beaumont ranch

10736 CR 102, Grandview, TX (817) 866-4000 info@beaumontranch.com BeaumontRanch.com Nestled on 800 beautiful North Texas acres, Beaumont Ranch provides unique wedding and event spaces with an extravagantly Texan flair. From elegance for the most formal affairs to casual settings for bridal parties in boots, Beaumont Ranch has options that will leave you and your guests breathless. capacity 400+ | price $$

bella sera ranch

286 Anderson Co. Road 1400, Palestine, TX (903) 723-0900 BellaSeraRanch.com Experience the elegance and Southern charm of Bella Sera Ranch, conveniently located between Dallas and Houston in the Piney Woods of East Texas. We provide comprehensive planning sessions with our brides and on-site professional catering. Bella Sera Ranch can make your wedding day dream a milestone to remember. capacity 300 | price $$

bentwood texas

8150 Hwy. 29 E., Georgetown, TX (512) 868-7278 BentwoodTexas.com Bentwood is one of the most versatile venues in Central Texas, and our space can transform into whatever your imagination desires. With 13 acres of lush greenery, Bentwood is the perfect place to host anything from an intimate wedding or birthday party to a large-scale corporate event or retreat. capacity 300+ | price $$

best day ever ranch

5927 Rose Hill Road, Whitewright, TX (214) 766-4831

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BestDayEverRanch.com The 2,800-square-foot event barn with 800-squarefoot patio and gazebo can be rented together so you can have the perfect ceremony, photographs and party venue. The ranch has numerous cabins and rooms available for out-of-town guests, as well as a secluded treehouse for the wedding night. capacity 150 | price $$

blaine stone lodge

5331 Weatherford Road, Midlothian, TX (682) 309-3303 BlaineStoneLodge.com Here you’ll find a place with personality in a beautiful setting with the finest Southern style, where brides kick off their boots or diamond-studded heels and stay awhile. capacity 300 | price $$

blissful hill

The Barn on Pedernales River and Dripping Springs (512) 757-9300 BlissfulHill.com We are a family-owned venue that wants to make your day the one you always dreamed about as a little girl. We have two locations to choose from and believe that you can have your needs met at either location. capacity 250 | price $$

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12126 Westheimer, Houston, TX (832) 914-7844 thebougainvilleasrooms@gmail.com TheBougainvilleasRooms.com An elegant wedding venue featuring a ballroom, wine room, chapel, bridal room and a groom’s room, decorated with a stunning floral entrance that will captivate your guests’ attention. Request a tour today and let us walk you through your event details. capacity 350 | price $$

brik special events venue

501 S. Calhoun, Fort Worth, TX (817) 480-7909 BrikVenue.com BRIK offers a dynamic environment that allows brides to make their event personalized and beautifully unique. We have two full floors that each seat up to 300 guests, two outdoor areas and private suites to prepare for your big day. Schedule your tour today! capacity 300 | price $$$

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buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, featuring authentic Italian cuisine served family style. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages to suit any budget. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff will keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! capacity 260 | price $$

the cana ballroom

202 W. Kronkosky St., Boerne, TX (830) 816-5630 CanaBallroom.com The Cana Ballroom’s historic downtown location, with breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country, provides a magical setting for any special event, and offers space for an intimate gathering of 50 to an elaborate affair for 450 seated guests. capacity 400+ | price $$$

canyonwood ridge

250 South Canyonwood Drive, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 829-7029 CanyonwoodRidge.com Canyonwood Ridge is a new Hill Country wedding and events venue in the Austin area. Our venue is unique and romantic with its dramatic views and Hill Country rustic undertones, but maintains a balance of simplicity and flexibility for brides to plan their perfect day. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the castle at rockwall

2071 Clem Road Ext., Rockwall, TX (469) 702-1222 info@thecastleatrockwall.com TheCastleatRockwall.com Mark the start of your married life together in our breathtaking castle estate, which never fails to wow guests as they arrive on the 10-acre grounds. Entertain inside the impressive castle halls and enjoy over 8,000 square feet of event space. capacity 200 | price $$

castle on the lake

Jacksonville, TX (903) 721-3593 info@jacksonvillecastle.com JacksonvilleCastle.com

We can handle your wedding details from the day you book with us until the last guest leaves. We have taken the most unique venue, and the best of the best vendors, to create a reasonably priced package so your wedding and reception will be unforgettable. capacity 300 | price $$

cavanaugh flight museum

4572 Claire Chennault St., Addison, TX (972) 380-8800 EXT. 100 CavFlight.org The Cavanaugh Flight Museum has up to 22,000 square feet of space, housing multiple vintage aircraft and cars to create a custom, one-of-a-kind wedding experience, just for you. capacity 300+ | price $$

the cedars ranch

506 Burnett Ranch Road, Wimberly, TX (512) 413-3537 TheCedarsRanch.com One of the Hill Country’s newest wedding venues, The Cedars Ranch is an enchanting blend of modern green design and the elegance of nature. Book now for 2018! capacity 250 | price $$

chapel creek ranch

(214) 952-6754 ChapelCreekRanch.com Quietly tucked away in the rolling meadows of Denton, Chapel Creek is a place to come to relax, unwind and enjoy your special day. From our 350-capacity barn to our cozy chapel and outdoor ceremony locations, your options are endless. capacity 350 | price $$

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1315 21st Street, Galveston, TX (409) 632-7685 TheBryanMuseum.org Complemented by a luxurious bridal suite and well-appointed groom’s lounge, the Conservatory, a magnificent European design of intricate metalwork and emerald-green glass, is an elegant space for weddings and receptions. Our gazebo and fountain also make lovely outdoor areas for commitment ceremonies.

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Ingram, TX (830) 928-6162 info@bluesagehall.com BlueSageHall.com Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country just outside of Kerrville, Blue Sage Hall features a beautiful outdoor garden area, a large indoor stage, tables, chairs, balcony, sound system, a bridal room and a caterer’s kitchen! You are sure to find what you need to make your special day memorable!

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Comfort, TX (830) 995-3435 TXCherokeeRose.com Come kick up your boots with us and enjoy some vintage Texas at a beautiful, soulful and scenic Hill Country ranch wedding and event venue. capacity 250 | price $$

cinnamon shore

5009 Hwy. 361, Port Aransas, TX (361) 749-0422 CinnamonShore.com This picture-perfect seaside village offers beautiful settings for weddings of almost any size, as well as stellar accommodations for weddings parties, guests and honeymooners too! capacity 400 | price $

city club of fort worth

301 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 878-4051 weddings@cityclubfw.com CityClubFW.com Whether planning your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or a bridal luncheon, The City Club’s catering

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clark gardens

567 Maddux Road, Weatherford, TX (940) 682-4856 Weddings.ClarkGardens.org Clark Gardens is a true hidden gem outside DFW and picturesque all four seasons of the year, with Europeanstyle fountains, colorful blooms and nature in every corner. Whether an intimate gathering or black-tie affair, Clark Gardens provides a natural beauty that cannot be matched. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the club at carlton woods

One Carlton Woods Drive, The Woodlands, TX (281) 863-5844 CarltonWoods.com Carlton Woods will delight you and your guests. Call us today to start planning a day that will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Carlton Woods, where weddings are planned to perfection. capacity 400 | price $$$

21320 Water Wood Drive, Garden Ridge, TX (210) 439-7887 TheClubatGardenRidge.com At the edge of the Texas Hill Country, six miles northeast of San Antonio, The Club at Garden Ridge is an elegantly rustic facility that features nature-inspired grounds with two serene lakes, hundreds of towering oak trees and a creek bed with a stone bridge to provide an oasis for your special day. capacity 250 | price $$

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the clubs of kingwood

1700 Lake Kingwood Trail, Kingwood, TX (281) 358-2171 ClubCorp.com/clubs/the-clubs-of-kingwood Choose from several wonderful ceremony and reception locations with excellent food, gracious service and picturesque views. capacity 300 | price $$$

colleyville center

5301 Riverwalk Drive, Colleyville, TX (817) 503-1330 ccevents@colleyville.com ColleyvilleCenter.com Classic architecture, soaring windows and a crisp, neutral palette provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Our premier DIY venue offers access to experts who can assist with everything needed to plan your day, your way. The garden plaza is available for your ceremony. capacity 300 | price $$

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crowne plaza dallas near the galleria – addison

14315 Midway Rd., Addison, TX (972) 980-8877 (214) 259-0094 ashley.haub@cpaddison.com CrownePlaza.com/cpgalleria-nr Over the years the Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria – Addison has established a tradition of elegance and personal service. Whether it’s small and intimate or large and extravagant, our luxurious sleeping rooms and elegant ballrooms make the Crowne Plaza the perfect place for an unforgettable experience. capacity 700 | price $$

cypress club at the reserve at lake travis

19926 Thurman Bend Rd., Spicewood, TX (512) 402-1400 CypressClubatLakeTravis.com Cypress Club at The Reserve at Lake Travis. The Cypress Club is an exclusive facility that offers a breathtaking ambiance overlooking the pristine shores of Lake Travis. Oversized oak trees, rolling hills and our spectacular sunset views make the Cypress Club one of the most romantic settings for your special day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

d’vine grace vineyards and event venues

McKinney, TX (214) 901-2311 DVineGrace.com If you’re looking for a brand-new venue with old-world charm in signature Tuscan-style architecture, with stateof-the-art sound and lighting, D’Vine Grace is yours. capacity 250 | price $$$

the dallas arboretum

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX (214) 515-6513 weddings@dallasarboretum.org DallasArboretum.org The internationally recognized Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the most romantic and beautiful locations in the country—the perfect setting for a spectacular wedding and party. capacity 400+ | price $$$

dallas historical society

3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 421-4500 EXT. 101 DallasHistory.org Imagine cocktails in the impressive Hall of Heroes followed by a sumptuous dinner in the Great Hall and dancing under the stars in clear tents on the front lawn. The possibilities are endless, and the support services

offered by our team of experts assure that every event will be a fabulous success. capacity 350 | price $$

dallas palms

2424 Marsh Lane, Carrollton, TX (972) 416-1416 info@dallaspalmsvenue.com DallasPalmsVenue.com Your dream ceremony can take place in an ornate yet intimate chapel-set ballroom or in our beautifully landscaped garden grove, while your magical reception can be created to match your dreams, complete with full décor and planning services and decadent dining options. capacity 300+ | price $$

deep eddy vodka tasting room

2250 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 994-3534 tracy@deepeddyvodka.com DeepEddyVodka.com Nestled in the Hill Country just 20 minutes outside of Austin, with over 5,000 square feet, is the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room—ideal for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions. With a covered outdoor patio and gorgeous interior, it is perfect for all your wedding events! capacity 400+ | price $$

diamond h3 ranch

Weatherford, TX (817) 597-9235 | (817) 703-5439 diamondh3ranch@outlook.com DiamondH3Ranch.com Beautiful weddings, beautiful memories.

dimebox ballroom at fire and ice hall

715 Young Ranch Road, Georgetown, TX (512) 813-5911 EXT. 1 DimeboxBallroom Dimebox Ballroom is a rustic cedar barn with vintage details. Included is our catering, linens, tables, chairs, ice sculpture, security, cleanup, marshmallow roasting, in-house rentals and plenty of Texas Hill Country atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy! capacity 150 | price $$

don strange ranch

103 Waring Welfare Rd., Boerne, TX (210) 434-2331 | info@donstrange.com DonStrange.com The historical Don Strange Ranch is located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It is a real working longhorn ranch that is only a short 45 minutes from downtown San Antonio. A perfect venue for you to make your own! capacity 450+ | price $$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (713) 351-5766 caprile.capetillo@hilton.com The Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown has a new look, with its updated contemporary style and newly renovated facilities. Combine these attributes with the ability of your guests to “take the elevator home” and you have a great wedding experience! You can relax in knowing that all your wedding visions will come through. capacity 350 | price $$$

dove ridge vineyard

6000 Tucker Drive, Weatherford, TX (817) 444-8172 DoveRidgeVineyard.com Just 30 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, our romantic vineyard setting gives your wedding a destination feel. Enjoy sunsets and stunning views from our luxurious hilltop venue through our almost floorto-ceiling windows. Let Dove Ridge take your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary! capacity 350 | price $$$

duchman family winery

13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, TX (512) 858-1470 DuchmanWinery.com Whether you are looking for a relaxing private event in a unique winery setting, a romantic wedding ceremony at sunset overlooking luscious Texas vineyards or a spectacular celebration dancing the night away while enjoying award-winning Texas wine, our professional staff is awaiting your arrival.

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the eagle historic warehouse

116 E. Franklin St., Hillsboro, TX (817) 648-4038 hello@evergreeneventco.com EvergreenEventCo.com Exposed brick, restored barn doors and 20-foot vaulted ceilings adorn a lively, charming small Texas town. Newly renovated, everything has been carefully planned to make your wedding perfect. The Warehouse is ideal for weddings across Texas, conveniently located between Fort Worth, Dallas, Waco and Austin. capacity 300 | price $

eisemann center

2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX (972) 744-4600 EisemannCenter.com From the alluring fountain to the elegant exterior and stunning interior spaces, you and your guests will share a unique and memorable experience. To learn more about one of the premier wedding and reception sites in North Texas, contact the Eisemann Center today! capacity 400+ | price $$$$

embassy suites by hilton mcallen convention center

800 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen, TX (956) 688-8329 EmbassySuitesMcAllen.com Adjacent to McAllen Convention Center, our Embassy

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Suites by Hilton Hotel features over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. With a variety of modern rooms, audio/visual equipment capabilities, on-site catering and event planning team, we provide the tools you need to plan a seamless event. capacity 700 | price $$$

emery’s buffalo creek

10827 Hwy. 36, Bellville, TX (979) 865-0702 EmerysBuffaloCreek.com Your dreams are important to us. Our venue is rustic yet refined, just an hour from downtown Houston. The stately waterfront gazebo is the perfect romantic setting to say your “I dos.” Sit by one of the grand Austin stone fireplaces to enjoy the magical evening. Memories that last a lifetime begin here. capacity 300+ | price $$

firefly farm

13633 Farm to Market 2325, Wimberly, TX (512) 648-1285 FireflyFarmEvents.com Centrally located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country between Wimberley, Dripping Springs and Blanco, The Big Red Barn, Rustic Chapel and Farmhouse lodging are illuminated by panoramic views, stunning sunsets, starry nights and Firefly moments. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the flying v ranch

297 County Road 1170, Decatur, TX (972) 754-9426 FlyingVRanch.com The clean lines, open-air spaces and twinkling lights of the Flying V Ranch create a relaxing atmosphere to cultivate the wedding of your dreams. The Flying V Ranch graciously awaits your visit and looks forward to helping you plan your special event! capacity 300 | price $$

the fort worth club

306 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 338-3491 | mphillips@fortworthclub.com FortWorthClub.com Your dream reception awaits. Choose from historic and contemporary room options with spectacular views of downtown Fort Worth. Your menu will be perfectly prepared by Culinary Olympic gold medal winner Chef Tim Prefontaine. Relax and let The Fort Worth Club professional staff handle the details. capacity 400+ | price $$$

fort worth zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX (817) 759-7300 FortWorthZoo.org/weddings You’ve always pictured the perfect wedding—now picture it at the Fort Worth Zoo. The Zoo is a one-ofa-kind setting to celebrate one of the most important days in your life. Multiple venues make this an allseason destination for parties and events of all sizes. capacity 1,100 | price $$$

the gallery

6303 Beverly Hill St., Houston, TX (713) 255-2889 info@thegallery-houston.com TheGallery-Houston.com The Gallery is a distinctive French Mediterranean–style venue located in the Galleria area. A unique outdoor and indoor space full of old-world charm and sure to make your special event stylish and unforgettable. capacity 300 | price $$

garden grove

9770 FM 967, Buda, TX (512) 638-7414 GardenGroveAustin.com Nestled in the serene setting of the Texas Hill Country, Garden Grove was born out of a love for luxury Mediterranean design and well-curated events. This 12-acre private estate is the perfect setting for your beautiful day! capacity 500+ | price $$$

the gardens at madeley manor

915 N. Frazier Street, Conroe, TX (936) 524-3352 TheGardensatMadeleyManor.com Relaxed yet refined, our brilliantly restored 1930s manor with exquisite grounds and gardens is a distinctive gem, providing a perfect backdrop for any occasion. With the ability to accommodate intimate gatherings to large receptions, the elements for a perfect event are in place. All we need is you. capacity 200 | price $$

the gardens of cranesbury view

1470 S. Cranes Mill Road, New Braunfels, TX (830) 515-9231 | CranesburyView.com The Gardens of Cranesbury View allows your wedding dreams to become an enchanting storybook reality filled with European ambiance and charm. Cranesbury is a captivating, welcoming environment for you and your guests. The beauty of God’s creation is truly evident among the gardens and hillsides. capacity 400+ | price $$

gather in downtown mckinney

207 E. Virginia St., McKinney, TX (972) 548-8882 GatherMcKinney.com Recently renovated, Gather has an increased occupancy of 150 people and allows BYOB alcohol service. capacity 150 | price $$

giardino bertucci event center

3155 County Road 320, Granger, TX (512) 859-2018 | (512) 630-7970 GBWeddings.com Giardino Bertucci is situated on 16 hilltop acres overlooking spring-fed ponds and rolling hills of Central Texas. The views are breathtaking, and the sunsets are beyond compare. Set amidst rose gardens on lush green lawns, our ceremony sites inspire images of silk and lace. capacity 300 | price $$

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giddings stone mansion

2203 Century Circle Drive, Brenham, TX (979) 836-1690 GiddingsStoneMansion.com Choose from the parlor, veranda, gardens or a tent under the splendid spreading oaks. This expansive 11room mansion provides an elegant setting with sizable galleries and a carved mahogany staircase, perfect for a princess to descend to meet her waiting prince. capacity 400+ | price $$

the grand hall at deer lake lodge

10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd., Montgomery, TX (281) 639-8077 GrandHallTexas.com Drawing inspiration from its setting in the forest, this brand new wooded retreat marries rustic and contemporary elements with glamorous results. We have many options for on-site accommodations. Enjoy a honeymoon suite before you jet off to your destination. Schedule your tour today and see the opportunities. capacity 200 | price $$

the grand texana

53447 Hwy. 290, Hempstead, TX (713) 444-3202 TheGrandTexana.com Our two authentic white dairy barns and farmstead estate exude original charm not manufactured or confined between four walls. Picture your indoor barn chapel ceremony and indoor barn reception! We have outdoor ceremony options too—all for that boutique, rustic-chic, barn wedding experience.

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the grove restaurant

1611 Lamar, Houston, TX (713) 337-7321 catering@thegrovehouston.com TheGroveHouston.com Welcome to a truly unique dining experience in the middle of a lush, downtown park. The Grove offers three enclosed private rooms and one outdoor deck space overlooking downtown. Our spaces accommodate a variety of events and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. capacity 350 | price $$$

h.e.s.s. club

5430 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX (713) 627-2283 HESSClub.com Conveniently nestled among the hotels within the Galleria area, the Club is a freestanding building with complimentary parking. The interior has beautiful private settings including a cozy fireplace and marble jade bar. Let us help you create lasting memories. capacity 300 | price $$$

the hall at river square center 217 Mary Avenue, Waco, TX (254) 870-0901 TheHallWaco.com

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Located in the heart of historic downtown Waco, The Hall at River Square Center is Waco’s most versatile fullservice events venue. Featuring world-class cuisine in a setting rich with history, The Hall will transform your special day into something truly extraordinary. capacity 235 | price $$$

the harbor on possum kingdom lake

1693 Park Road 36, Graford, TX (940) 329-0505 concierge@harborliving.com HarborLiving.com Nestled among the trees in the Northern Texas Hill Country is The Chapel, just 75 miles west of Fort Worth. A luxurious location with rustic charm, The Chapel is the perfect setting for a wedding. Lakeside reception venue and overnight accommodations available on-site. capacity 200 | price $$$

hawthorn hills ranch

10340 Jackson Road, Krum, TX (940) 600-7838 HawthornHillsRanch.com This modern, Southern chic venue in the rolling North Texas hills offers a one-of-a-kind view, allowing brides to enjoy every moment of the wedding day. If you are looking for a venue close to amenities, where guests can relax, forget where they are and focus fully on you— we are the perfect location! capacity 250 | price $$

heather’s glen

200 East Phillips, Conroe, TX (936) 441-6611 heathersbb@aol.com HeathersGlen.com Experience your wedding in a stunning chapel surrounded by exquisite gardens and waterfalls. Heather’s Glen is an oasis offering all-inclusive, stressfree wedding packages for every bride and groom. The estate boasts breathtaking scenery for photographic opportunities and everlasting memories. capacity 200 | price $$$

the heights villa

3600 Michaux, Houston, TX (713) 405-9340 TheHeightsVilla.com Step into the city’s newest place to host your dream wedding, reception or special event. If you are looking for a traditional ceremony in a church setting, an elegant reception hall or an intimate outdoor wedding, our venue has it all. Outside caterers are allowed. capacity 350 | price $$

the helene house

111 Staffel Street, Boerne, TX (830) 331-8170 events@thehelenehouse.com TheHeleneHouse.com An elegant, warm and comfortable accommodation for events that require the absolute best in every aspect. The Helene House provides a beautiful environment that will make your intimate wedding, reception or

bridal shower one that will be remembered for years to come. capacity 70 | price $$

heritage place

412 N. Live Oak Street, Rockport, TX (361) 790-6125 HeritagePlaceRockport.com Heritage Place allows those who enter to be transported to a different time. It embodies a rich history, dating back to the late 1800s; we are certain that it will continue to witness the making of memories for years to come. We are not just a venue, we are a place that brings loved ones together. capacity 214 | price $$

heritage ranch golf and country club

465 Scenic Ranch Circle, Fairview, TX (972) 886-4700 HeritageRanchGolf.com Celebrate your wedding in grand tradition at Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club. You’ll find an extraordinary clubhouse, exquisite food and an expert banquet staff eager to please. The beautifully adorned ballroom, with an oversized hardwood dance floor, accommodates up to 250 guests. capacity 250 | price $

hidden creek

215 Chris Cuny Parkway, Heath, TX (972) 535-6686 HiddenCreekEvents.com This brand-new, state-of-the-art, 8,000-square-foot venue, located 30 minutes east of downtown Dallas, provides a rustic Texas feel with an elegant touch. We offer a lush, tree-lined outdoor ceremony space and a vintage-style barn. Hidden Creek is the perfect setting to make your dreams become reality. capacity 300 | price $$$

hidden falls

2225 Bridal Veil, Spring Branch, TX (830) 228-4880 HiddenFallsEvents.com Hidden Falls features two venues on one gorgeous estate! Remi’s Ridge sits at the base of a cliff and is home to cascading waterfalls at the ceremony site and a stunning ballroom. Hayes Hollow, debuting in September 2017, captures modern elegance with its transitional modern style. capacity 300 | price $$

hidden hills weddings and events

7387 Rector Road, Sanger, TX (940) 300-5384 HiddenHillsTX.com Locally owned and operated, let Hidden Hills be the spot for your dream wedding. Whether enjoying our Hidden Hills at beautiful Possum Kingdom Lake or on our family farm, either location offers great amenities such as lodging, restaurants and shopping. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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hidden river ranch

1660 FM 2340, Lampasas, TX (512) 755-9076 HiddenRiverRanchTX.com Hidden River Ranch offers a 10,000-square-foot event barn sitting over a large pond with a bridal suite, groom loft and over 3,000 square feet of outdoor patio area. Outside is a spacious courtyard area that attaches to the elegant chapel and a pavilion that sits on the edge of the pond for outdoor events. capacity 300 | price $$$

hideout on the horseshoe

New Braunfels, TX (830) 964-4540 hideout@stayandfloat.com HideoutWeddings.com The Hideout on the Horseshoe is the perfect location for a Hill Country wedding. With lodging, an outdoor rustic pavilion and a 13,000-square-foot flagstone landing directly on the water, it is the premier spot to get married on the Guadalupe River. capacity 300 | price $$

hilton san antonio airport hotel

611 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX (210) 377-4610 SanAntonioAirport.Hilton.com Our seasoned planners have an unwavering commitment to making your wedding day a dream come true. Every detail is executed perfectly, while our innovative dining options and stylish settings make your celebration unforgettable. Hilton Hotels provides an elegant, upscale locale for your wedding reception. capacity 450 | price $$

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hollow hill

1680 Mary Drive, Weatherford, TX (682) 233-3065 info@hollowhilleventcenter.com HollowHillEventCenter.com Let the beauty of the Texas countryside be the setting for your special celebration at Hollow Hill. The replica of the western town adds to the country atmosphere, while giving guests a glimpse into the past. Schedule a tour to experience this unique venue’s beauty. capacity 300 | price $$

horseshoe bay resort

Horseshoe Bay, TX (830) 598-7880 HSBResort.com Lake LBJ was made for lovers and Horseshoe Bay Resort was made for marriage. With 7,000 acres of Texas’ most romantic scenery and our certified

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horseshoe falls ranch

190 Private Road 3011, Lampasas, TX (512) 789-0313 HorseshoeFalls.net Cross the suspension bridge to a fairy-tale ceremony site, or enjoy the riverfront, multilevel outdoor patios to dance the night away with no noise restrictions. Our 2,500-square-foot, climate-controlled pavilion with stage and dance floor seats 150 guests. capacity 150 | price $$

hotel settles

200 East Third Street, Big Spring, TX (432) 267-7500 HotelSettles.com We offer over 15,000 square feet of event space, from our fully restored Grand Ballroom to the Pavilion. We’re also a popular spot for bridal parties, rehearsal dinners and receptions. Have a day at the spa with your bridesmaids, or get the guys together for whiskey and cigars in the Judge’s Chamber. capacity 300+ | price $$$

houstonian hotel, club & spa

111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX (713) 680-2626 Houstonian.com The Houstonian offers brides over 18 acres of wooded bliss. The unique venue space allows brides to create their dream destination wedding experience in the heart of Houston. Four ballrooms along with scenic outdoor spaces offer a versatility and sophistication to accommodate weddings of any size. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hurst conference center

1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX (817) 581-0044 | HurstCC.com The Hurst Conference Center provides a unique venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Whether it’s under the stars in the Grand Ballroom or nestled alongside the Verandah’s water feature, your event at the HCC will unveil a lifetime of memories. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hyatt place dallas/garland and firewheel conference center

5101 North President George Bush Highway, Garland, TX (972) 414-3500 HyattPlaceDallasGarland.com Allow our professional staff, executive chef and sales/ catering team to assist you with planning every detail of your wedding. We’re committed to making your special day memorable for both you and your guests. capacity 450 | price $$$

hyatt regency hill country resort and spa

9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, TX

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hyatt regency lost pines resort and spa

575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines, TX (512) 308-4640 LostPines.Hyatt.com An extraordinary combination of pampering luxury and stunning wilderness, our 405-acre resort retreat is the perfect setting for the ultimate wedding. Whether you envision a lavish celebration with hundreds of guests or a quiet affair with just close family and friends, we’ve got you covered. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the ingenhuett on high

731 High Street, Comfort, TX (210) 347-6383 info@theingenhuettonhigh.com TheIngenhuettonHigh.com The Ingenhuett on High is a quaint wedding venue in a charming little town. It features indoor and outdoor spaces including a koi pond patio, back lawn, an old cellar and a huge bridal suite with beautiful natural light. Make your wedding as historical as the building. capacity 200 | price $$$

intercontinental stephen f. austin

701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX (512) 721-4227 julie.stanfield@ihg.com InterContinental.com In the heart of downtown Austin, this hotel’s history, location and ambiance make it an ideal setting for creating memories to last a lifetime. Let our wedding professionals help you set a uniquely Austin backdrop for receptions, rehearsal dinners, after-parties on the terrace and day-after brunches.

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427 Gentry Street, Spring, TX (832) 992-3896 info@oldtownspringweddings.com OldTownSpringWeddings.com Let our journey together make your memories! We’re opening October 2017.

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(210) 520-4014 HillCountry.Regency.Hyatt.com Celebrate your dream San Antonio wedding at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Surrounded by the beauty of the Hill Country, our hotel features gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding venues paired with Texas charm and hospitality.

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jack guenther pavilionbriscoe western art museum

San Antonio, TX (210) 507-4849 pavilion@briscoemuseum.org BriscoeMuseum.org The Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum is San Antonio’s newest event venue. Located downtown on the banks of the River Walk, this beautiful locale has three floors of customizable space in addition to an outdoor sculpture garden. Perfect for your big day! capacity 400+ | price $$

the jl bar ranch & resort

3500 Private Road 2254, Sonora, TX (855) 414-3337 JLBar.com Every bride wants a beautiful backdrop for the most

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. special day in her life. Nestled among the oaks and prickly pear, The JL Bar Ranch & Resort offers a beautiful setting with a custom experience. From an intimate wedding to a guest list of 500, we’ll make your wedding a memory to cherish. capacity 500 | price $$$

julia ideson library

550 McKinney Street, Houston, TX (832) 393-1646 HoustonLibrary.org/spaces Discover Houston’s best-kept secret. Once you enter the doors, you and your guests will be swept away into another time. With detailed historic architecture, tall ceilings and the beautifully restored splendor, your wedding will be truly unforgettable. Come visit us today. capacity 200+ | price $$$

jw marriott austin

110 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX (512) 608-4460 JWMarriottAustin.com The hotel features stylish event spaces and a team of certified wedding planners to ensure your perfect day. From designing the ideal menu to ensuring impeccable service, nothing will be overlooked, making sure your wedding dreams come true. capacity 400+ | price $$

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kaycee club

10110 Shoreview Road, Dallas, TX (214) 348-7940 KayCeeClub.com The KayCee Club of Dallas is proud to present our main ballroom and meeting space to both our members and the general public. We invite you to schedule a visit and see why the KayCee Club will be the perfect setting for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or special event. capacity 300 | price $$

kendall plantation

20 Guthrie Road, Boerne, TX (830) 229-5090 | weddings@kendallplantation.com KendallPlantation.com Unrivaled in the San Antonio area, Kendall Plantation is set back on a private ranch among Texas oak trees and a natural spring fed pond. The plantation offers stunning views and beautiful backdrops for indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions. capacity 400 | price $$$

king river ranch

2054 Ranch Road 1320, Johnson City, TX (830) 392-6484 events@thekingriverranch.com TheKingRiverRanch.com Forty minutes from Austin and San Antonio on the 290 Wine Trail near Fredericksburg, KRR offers elegant indoor/outdoor event spaces, luxurious amenities, incomparable scenery, experienced staff and private riverfront—minutes from world-class dining, shopping, lodging, wineries and outdoor activities. capacity 400+ | price $$

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la cima club

5215 North O’Connor Road, Suite 2600, Irving, TX (972) 869-2266 LaCimaClub.com Our venue features panoramic views of the Metroplex, including the Dallas skyline, Cowboys Stadium and the Fort Worth skyline. Event rooms on the 26th floor boast 20-foot-high cathedral ceilings, while a covered outdoor ceremony space is available on the water. Let our awardwinning staff create your dream wedding! capacity 250 | price $$$

lakeway resort and spa

101 Lakeway Drive, Austin, TX (512) 261-7314 LakewayResortandSpa.com With Lake Travis as the backdrop, the culinary creations of Lakeway Resort and Spa will make your special event an event to remember. From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding ceremony and reception, our professional catering staff is personally involved in the coordination of your special day. capacity 300 | price $$$

lone star lodge and marina

2200 FM 1192, Pilot Point, TX (940) 686-0261 LoneStarLodgeResortandMarina.com Lone Star Lodge and Marina offers a wedding location as unique as your love. Perched atop one of the highest points in all of Denton County, Lone Star Lodge and Marina provides spectacular outdoor sites, indoor options for 150, 28 guest rooms and a hospitality suite— all in Texas-chic style. capacity 150 | price $$

lone star mansion

629 John Charles Drive, Burleson, TX (682) 224-1488 LoneStarMansion.com We specialize in providing a one-of-a-kind experience for your wedding day. With our all-day packaging, you can enjoy your entire day in an Antebellum-style mansion that offers much more than simply a space to host your wedding. capacity 300 | price $$

lost mission

Spring Branch, TX (210) 323-1955 info@lostmission.com LostMission.com Lost Mission is secluded in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It is an exquisite, unique environment for entertaining weddings, personal and corporate events. A private road leads to an authentic mission chapel and beautiful reception facility surrounded by majestic oak trees. capacity 400+ | price $$$

lucky spur ranch retreat 1780 Strader Road, Justin, TX (940) 539-4655 | (940) 315-4094 LuckySpur.net

With a new 10,000-square-foot reception barn, the possibilities are endless on this picturesque ranch featuring ponds and a creek, an old-fashioned saloon with a 12-foot full-service bar and large entertainment area, stables, barns, and a variety of indoor and outdoor locales for flawless photos. capacity 300+ | price $$

ma maison

2550 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 777-1642 info@themamaison.com TheMaMaison.com Ma Maison, French for “my house,” is an elegant, French-inspired venue nestled in the Texas Hill Country. The venue offers multiple outdoor ceremony sites, a reclaimed French Gazebo, a built-in rain plan on the Trellis and a stunning Great Hall with grand wooden beams and magnificent chandeliers. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

magnolia halle

10319 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX (512) 675-0205 MagnoliaHalle.com For a truly one-of-a-kind wedding day experience, Magnolia Halle is the perfect place to say “I do.” Nestled on 6.3 acres and surrounded by 200-plusyear-old oaks, Magnolia Halle offers some of the most desirable features without the drive to the Hill Country. capacity 250 | price $$

magnolia hotel

Houston and Dallas (214) 915-6500 | (713) 221-0011 MagnoliaHotels.com Our beautiful boutique hotels in Houston and Dallas can accommodate up to a few hundred of your family and friends in our exquisite grand ballrooms and unique club rooms. capacity 400 | price $$

magnolia lake

Huntsville, TX (936) 294-0991 Magnolia-Lake.com Magnolia Lake is the area’s premier event center, professionally delivering impeccable custom services to its clientele. Nestled discreetly in a picturesque landscape, Magnolia Lake’s beautiful lakefront offers a place to celebrate every occasion. capacity 400 | price $$

the marq southlake

285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake, TX (817) 748-8900 | sales@themarqsouthlake.com TheMarqSouthlake.com Create your perfect wedding at The Marq. With indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, a grand ballroom that holds up to 300 guests, ideal spots for cocktail hour and after parties, an on-site catering kitchen and an open vendor policy, your options are limitless. Marq your perfect wedding date now! capacity 300 | price $$

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Wedding in the Branch Farmers Branch, TX www.weddinginthebranch.com

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mcnay art museum

6000 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX (210) 805-1782 rentals@mcnayart.org McNayArt.org The McNay Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to entertain guests in a beautiful historic setting. Offer your guests the chance to experience an internationally renowned art collection during your reception. Dine and dance in the elegant Leeper Auditorium and enjoy the oasis courtyard setting. capacity 300 | price $$$

mia bella vita

Serving the Greater Northwest Houston area (281) 516-7032 MiaBellaVita.com Northwest Houston’s newest premier wedding venue is Mia Bella Vita. We offer the perfect location, nestled among hundreds of trees, to celebrate an elaborate or intimate affair. Our facility offers your choice of an indoor or outdoor wedding and reception for up to 350 guests. capacity 350 | price $$

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1 Community Circle Drive, Midlothian, TX (972) 775-7125 MidlothianCenter.com Offering small-town hospitality in a spacious, state-ofthe-art facility designed just for your event, we combine the best of technology with outstanding personal service by our experienced staff. Our meeting spaces can accommodate groups as small as a handful up to over 1,000. capacity 1,000+ | price $$

milltown historic district

New Braunfels, TX (830) 837-5480 MilltownHistoricDistrictNB.com This is the perfect place where memories are made. Whether you are looking for a grand ballroom or a more rustic feel for your wedding, we have just the place. Overnight accommodations available on-site as well as floral, photography and bar services. Let us host your memory. capacity 200 | price $

mimosa hall

10405 Shannon Valley Dr., Crowley, TX (817) 923-2996 contact@mimosahall.com MimosaHall.com We are just minutes from downtown Fort Worth, located in a secluded country setting just outside Burleson. We have a 12-foot white gazebo in a garden setting for outdoor weddings, or for indoor weddings and receptions, our elegant Grand Ballroom with a waterfall staircase. capacity 250 | price $$

moffitt oaks

20125 Cedar Lane, Tomball, TX

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(281) 370-6616 | info@moffittoaks.com MoffittOaks.com Please contact us to schedule your tour of this luxurious estate sitting on 47 acres. Visit our website for pictures and contact information. We are excited for you to view the endless options available for your special day! capacity 300 | price $$$

mona lisa events at le jardin

17103 Bamwood, Houston, TX (281) 580-2547 LeJardinEvents.com Le Jardin is an oasis of elegance and natural beauty. Your private gathering can be customized to the limits of your imagination, whether you want a simple garden party or an extravagant ball. Your guests will be impressed with our attention to detail, intimate gardens and uncompromising service. capacity 300 | price $$

multiplicity

1306 Avenue A, Katy, TX (832) 437-2442 Multiplicity.co Give our attentive event specialists a call today and they will schedule a personal tour and start you on the path to a perfectly beautiful wedding experience. In addition to being a great wedding venue, Multiplicity offers wonderful in-house floral services. capacity 200 | price $$

na’kayshions wedding chapel and special event facility

432 S. Clark Road, Cedar Hill, TX (972) 291-0333 info@nakayshions.com NaKayshions.com Situated on five acres of serenity, we offer three tasteful and unique venues for the wedding of your dreams. These venues include a quaint historic wedding chapel, the elegant Grand Room and the lovely lakeside area. Thick, lush trees line the property, creating an intimate outdoor setting. capacity 300 | price $

oak knoll ranch

478 Three Skillet Road, Springtown, TX (214) 601-3187 oakknollranch@live.com OakKnollRanch.com Allow us to make all your dreams come true! From traveling the country lane over the dam and across the county bridge to the rustic elegance of our exquisite Red Barn, we have a private bridal suite and groom’s suite for you and your wedding party to prepare. capacity 300 | price $$

the oaks at heavenly

18826 Bandera Road, Helotes, TX (210) 988-3334 OaksatHeavenly.com The Oaks at Heavenly takes you beyond your expectations. capacity 300 | price $$$

the oaks event center

13765 Southern Oaks Drive, Burleson, TX (817) 426-2400 TheOaks.SouthernOaksGolf.com Enjoy expansive grounds nestled on the beautiful Southern Oaks Golf Course, with indoor and outdoor ceremony locations. The 6,000-square-foot ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests. Our outdoor space showcases two breathtaking stone fireplaces overlooking our award-winning golf course. capacity 250 | price $$

oakwind bed & breakfast

4601 County Road 156, Alvin, TX (281) 585-0060 info@oakwindweddings.com OakwindWeddings.com Each wedding at Oakwind is special and unique. Every bride and groom will receive the attention they deserve to make their day one they will cherish forever. Whether it is a very formal affair for 300 or more or a small casual gathering of family and friends, every detail will be taken care of. capacity 300 | price $$

old american golf club

1001 Lebanon Road, The Colony, TX (972) 370-4653 OldAmericanGolfClub.com There is no more beautiful or romantic place to exchange vows or celebrate your wedding than Old American’s Carriage House and landscaped grounds. Our professional staff will work with you to make your event a memorable one, designed with originality and style especially for you. capacity 200 | price $$

old glory ranch

3633 River Road, Wimberley, TX (512) 847-3646 OldGloryRanch.com First-class celebrations in simple country elegance. Old Glory Ranch is a full-service wedding/event venue offering preferred vendor lists for all your needs! Your event at this magnificent Texas Hill Country setting on the Blanco River will be the talk of your family and friends for years to come! capacity 400 | price $$$

omni barton creek resort & spa

8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin, TX (512) 329-4057 OmniHotels.com/hotels/austin-barton-creek Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa welcomes bridesto-be to the stunning vistas and beauty of Texas Hill Country. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Austin, and surrounded by spectacular views of the rolling Hill Country, is surely the picturesque and preferred choice for exceptional weddings. capacity 300 | price $$$

the orchard at caney creek 923 County Road 235, Wharton, TX (281) 944-3331

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. jennifer@hastalapasta.com Caney-Creek.com The Orchard at Caney Creek is 36 acres of naturally romantic surroundings just waiting for you. With dinner in our Creekview room, dancing on our spacious deck, cocktails by our firepit, cozy guest cottages and a 100-year-old pecan orchard, we have it all. capacity 400 | price $$

the overlook

20114 Pinehurst Drive, Atascocita, TX (281) 812-0193 TheOverlookEvents.com On your special day, The Overlook can help create memories that will last a lifetime! With outdoor or indoor spaces to hold your ceremony and reception, it’s all here for you and your guests to enjoy and surrounded by 22 acres of beautiful woodland and lake views. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the ox ranch

1946 Private Road 2485, Uvalde, TX (830) 400-4028 events@theoxranch.com Over 40 native and exotic species freely roam on 18,000 acres of prime Texas Hill Country—with our giraffe, zebra and kangaroo being photo favorites. Amenities include our Live Oak Creek, entertainment lodge, luxury cabins, hilltop log chapel, reception pavilion, and honeymoon and bridal suites.

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palm door on sabine | palm door on sixth

Austin, TX (512) 391-1994 (512) 386-1295 info@palmdoor.com PalmDoor.com Palm Door on Sabine is Austin’s hidden gem, offering an urban loft space with a beautiful wooden deck overlooking Waller Creek. Palm Door on Sixth is your modern oasis located in Austin’s historic entertainment district. Come see why both venues are perfect for your downtown destination wedding! capacity 200+ | price $$

hala@parkcityclub.net ParkCityClub.net The Park City Club sets a new standard in romantic elegance. Our team of professionals offers the best and most comprehensive wedding services available. We invite you to realize your wedding visions with our wedding experts. Creativity, talent, and the finest facilities, cuisine and services are our gifts to you. capacity 400+ | price $$$

pearl

307 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX (210) 212-7260 venues@pearlbrewery.com AtPearl.com/events As a former brewery, Pearl and the Pearl Venues reflect a vivid, historic past while embracing the future as a culinary, cultural and event destination. capacity 400 | price $$$

1510 FM 473, Sisterdale, TX (866) 726-4656 paniolo@panioloranch.com PanioloRanch.com Paniolo Ranch is a Texas Hill destination venue, which offers an eclectic style of design from the whimsical to the traditional and formal. We specialize in free-spirited weddings that strive to make memories of a lifetime, not only for the couple but also for their guests. capacity 300 | price $$

park city club

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plantation elegance

4520 Plantation Bend Street, Dickinson, TX (281) 309-9951 PlantationElegance.com Plantation Elegance is a wedding and event venue. Set on seven acres of waterfront property, our spacious venue offers you privacy and tranquility to enhance the intimacy of your event. We want you and your guests to leave with memories that will last a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$

the pearl south padre hotel

310 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX (956) 761-6551 PearlSouthPadre.com Whether you choose to celebrate the special occasion with an intimate wedding ceremony on the beach or an elegant reception in one of our ballrooms, our experienced staff will help create the wedding of your dreams. capacity 200 | price $$$

pecan springs ranch

Austin, TX (512) 632-1046 info@pecanspringsranch.com PecanSpringsRanch.com Where Hill Country charm meets uptown style. capacity 400 | price $$

phillips event center

8140 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX (512) 982-9187 PhillipsEventCenter.com The Phillips Event Center boasts a luxurious 4,800square-foot ballroom with hickory hardwood floors and coffered ceilings, a spacious 1,200-square-foot patio and an elegant lobby! capacity 350 | price $$$

paniolo ranch

(281) 815-8509 stella@pfcc.com PFCC.com Celebrate your special day in our Legacy Ballroom with a grand panoramic view of our beautiful fairways. Our lush landscaping, elegant private-club atmosphere and efficient staff will create a memorable event. Please call today for a private tour of our newly renovated facility.

piazza in the village/piazza on the green

Colleyville/McKinney (817) 520-0026 | (214) 383-2500 PiazzaintheVillage.com Spectacular elegance awaits every bride at our two locations in McKinney and Colleyville. The Piazza boasts a stunning chapel, two unique ballrooms and separate bride and groom suites. Streaming the wedding live, the Piazza brings your family to the ceremony. Let your story begin at the Piazza. capacity 300 | price $$

pine forest country club 18003 Clay Road, Houston, TX

rancho mirando

Between Wimberley and Blanco, TX (512) 826-7847 RanchoMirando.com Rancho Mirando is a luxurious 46-acre guest ranch and special event venue located just outside of Austin, TX. Breathtaking views overlooking the Wimberley valley, lavender-and-olive-punctuated outdoor spaces and mission-style stone architecture set the stage for flawless entertaining. capacity 200 | price $$$

raveneaux country club

9415 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX (281) 370-6370 | Raveneaux.com Nestled in Champion Forest and overlooking a beautiful golf course, our French-inspired architecture makes Raveneaux Country Club the perfect place to host events from intimate gatherings to grand affairs. We combine our breathtaking views, unique gourmet cuisines and professional staff to create your fairy-tale ending! capacity 300 | price $$

the reserve at dancing elk ranch

313 CR 351, Mathis, TX (361) 946-4812 TheReserveatDancingElk.com Envision your wedding in the serenity of rustic elegance set against a beautiful Texas sunset. The Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch is all that and more. capacity 700 | price $$

the reverbery

500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX (512) 682-2718 | TheReverbery.com A nod to effortlessly cool Austin recording studios, The Reverbery is equally effortless in its essence and aesthetic. Flowing from the inside to the outdoors and with a menu that reflects the Live Music Capital’s culinary culture just as much as its energy, the Reverbery is all Austin under one roof. capacity 152 | price $$$

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LoneStarLodgeResortandMarina.com • 2200 FM 1192, Pilot Point, TX 76258 • 940-686-0261

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river road chateau

5511 County Road 424, Anna, TX (214) 425-4445 RiverRoadChateau.com Come be enchanted at the River Road Chateau. Located on 76 acres of Anna, Texas countryside, we blend rustic Texas chic with class and traditional Southern charm. capacity 200 | price $$

the room on main

2030 Main Street, 6th Floor, Dallas, TX (214) 742-1526 TheRoomOnMain.com The beautifully restored historic ballroom has natural wood floors, antique chandeliers and 30-foot ceilings with 15-foot windows on three sides for great views. This 6,000-square-foot ballroom will accommodate up to 320 people and is the perfect facility for wedding receptions, celebrations or corporate events. capacity 300 | price $$

roszell gardens

7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio, TX (210) 651-6520 RoszellGardens.com You have to see the space at Roszell Gardens to believe it. We have several acres of beautiful, serene land and many outdoor spaces and meeting rooms. Patrons of Roszell Gardens love what we have to offer. Hosting an outdoor wedding is an incredible experience. There is no limit to your imagination. capacity 300 | price $$$

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royal oaks country club

2910 Royal Oaks Club Drive, Houston, TX (281) 899-3200 RoyalOaksCC.com Our glistening waterfalls, fabulous golf course views, Tuscan-inspired architecture and décor provide an exclusive and luxurious setting for intimate or large celebrations. Royal Oaks is the perfect place to host your celebration with personalized planning and attention to detail. capacity 250 | price $$

the rustic barn

16490 FM 1255, Canton, TX (903) 829-5224 RusticBarnEvents.com Set on a working ranch, the barn is a family-operated, majestic, lodge-like venue with chandeliers, heavy wood beams and a decorative tin roof. Two cottages are available for overnight stays or a place for bridal parties to prepare for the big day. We offer affordable packages to fit any budget. capacity 250 | price $$

ruthe jackson center

3113 S. Carrier Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX (972) 237-7500 callgood@gptx.org RutheJacksonCenter.com Consider the lush garden at Ruthe Jackson Center for your special day. Nestled within stone walls, you will

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salt lick bbq

18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX (512) 894-3117 SaltLickBBQ.com Step into marital bliss with a celebration at one of our spectacular venues in the Texas Hill Country. Whether you envision dancing under the stars at Pecan Grove, sipping cocktails overlooking the sunset at Thurman’s Mansion or exchanging vows in the vineyard, we have a venue for every bride. capacity 300 | price $$

seven for parties

150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 107, Dallas, TX (214) 748-5559 SevenforParties.com Allow your imagination to run wild with unique possibilities at Seven for Parties. This transformative space has separate rooms for ceremonies and receptions. Turn it from basic to whimsical by adding our inclusive art, furniture and lighting! capacity 300 | price $$$

sheraton gunter hotel

205 East Houston St., San Antonio, TX (210) 554-1740 SheratonGunter.com With the Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio you’ll have room for up to 450 people to toast, cheer and share your day. Built in 1909, the building and its décor combine the ageless grace of the 1900s with today’s amenities to create a beautiful backdrop for your wedding. capacity 450 | price $$$

shirley acres

217 Woerner Road, Houston, TX (281) 444-2582 jane@shirleyacres.com ShirleyAcres.com Shirley Acres is a full-service special event facility nestled on 13 wooded acres. The Courtyard is perfect for classic garden weddings. The window-walled Garden Room and lakeside Pavillion accommodate private indoor weddings and receptions. capacity 400 | price $$

signature manor

6968 Howell-Sugarland Rd., Houston, TX (713) 541-1000 | SignatureManor.com Experience the warm hospitality of our dream weavers, the elegance of our dual-spiral staircase and all of the luxury amenities without the luxury price tag. Visit today for the ultimate one-stop shop experience. capacity 400+ | price $

sky creek ranch golf club 600 Promontory Drive, Keller, TX

(817) 498-1414 SkyCreekRanch.com Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club offers a unique setting for ceremonies, receptions and other special occasions. Our pristine golf course and elegantly appointed dining room are ideal for entertaining wedding guests, offering ample choices in catering for any special occasion you may have. capacity 150 | price $$

sonesta bee cave austin

12525 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave, TX (512) 483-5900 hhartzog@sonesta.com Located at the chic Hill Country Galleria, just 15 minutes from Dripping Springs, Sonesta Bee Cave Austin offers the ideal venue to say “I do.” Featuring stylish, worldclass event spaces and Sonesta’s Food is Art catering options, Sonesta Bee Cave Austin is the perfect choice for weddings for 50-250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$

southfork ranch

3700 Hogge Road, Parker, TX (972) 442-7800 info@southforkranch.com SouthforkRanch.com Internationally renowned as the home of the Dallas TV series, and a three-time winner of MPI D/FW’s “Facility of the Year” award, Southfork’s 63,000 square feet of indoor event space, 10 ballrooms, and acres of Texas ranchland create the perfect setting for legendary wedding celebrations. capacity 1,000+ | price $$$

the st. anthony hotel

300 East Travis, San Antonio, TX (210) 227-4392 TheStAnthonyHotel.com Imagine a wedding celebration that transports you to a more elegant time: a stunning ballroom, sparkling chandeliers, turn-of-the-century décor and a wait staff ready to serve. It’s all possible at The St. Anthony Hotel, where we’ve been giving couples their dream weddings for over 100 years. capacity 300+ | price $$$

st. george maronite center

6070 Babcock, San Antonio, TX (210) 696-5937 StGeorgeMaroniteCenter.com St. George Maronite Center is a perfect backdrop to set the overall tone for your event. Whether you are looking for an elegant ballroom setting, modern lounge area or an intimate setting in our Mediterranean-style courtyard, St. George Maronite Center will make your occasion a memorable one. capacity 550 | price $$

the st. regis houston

1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX (713) 403-2625 StRegisHoustonHotel.com The St. Regis Houston is the ideal address for the most distinctive wedding. The décor is unique and stately,

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star hill ranch

15000 Hamilton Pool Road, Austin, TX (844) 777-STAR (7827) (512) 565-6746 StarHillRanch.com Our mission is to provide a unique and accommodating setting for weddings. Flexible spaces, neutral décor and freedom to choose vendors afford Star Hill clients the opportunity to customize events to suit specific needs and budgets. We will provide a truly memorable experience!

Spectacular sunsets are an everyday occurrence at The Terrace Club. Let us help you treat your guests to a special evening to remember. capacity 400+ | price $$

texas discovery gardens

Dallas, TX (214) 428-7476 EXT. 290 TexasDiscoveryGardens.org Enjoy a stunning garden wedding at Texas Discovery Gardens. An organic oasis nestled in the corner of historic Fair Park, we are just minutes from downtown Dallas. You can rent our expansive lawns, our Grand Hall with full-length picture windows, and other indoor and outdoor spaces. capacity 400+ | price $$

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stockyards station

131 East Exchange Avenue, Suite 234, Fort Worth, TX (817) 710-7364 slawson@stockyardsheritage.com StockyardsStation.com Stockyards Station is a unique destination located in the heart of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. With three distinctive facilities, on-site catering and bar services, full-service staff, decorations, sound system and dance floor, what more could you want in a reception or rehearsal dinner location? capacity 650 | price $$

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stonebridge

16401 Country Club Drive, Crosby, TX (832) 657-6050 (281) 328-3576 StonebridgeNewport.com When opening the grand doors, the unique view of the lighted water fountains, lush green trees and stone bridge makes a romantic backdrop for rustic, vintage or classically elegant ceremonies or receptions. We are a full-service location booking only one wedding event per day. capacity 400 | price $$

tapatio springs

1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX (844) 532-7344 TapatioResort.com Tapatio Springs is the Hill Country’s premier wedding destination, featuring two magnificent ballrooms, beautiful outdoor ceremony venues, resort-style accommodations, restaurant, full-service salt cave spa and championship golf. Tapatio Springs offers brides the complete experience for their most important celebration! capacity 400 | price $$

the terrace club

2600 East Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 894-4009 info@theterraceclub.com TheTerraceClub.com Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, we are located just twenty minutes from downtown Austin.

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the texas tumbleweed barn at painted lakes

1728 FM 1191 South, Bryson, TX (940) 229-9399 PaintedLakes.com If you want the real, authentic Old West, you’ve found it! Our barn has been in our family for 100 years and served many of those years as the town’s feed store. We have restored the old barn and retained its Western heritage. capacity 300 | price $$

thistle springs ranch

13974 FM 1434, Cleburne, TX (817) 908-2220 | info@thistlespringsranch.com ThistleSpringsRanch.com Welcome to Thistle Springs Ranch, a vintage, provincial barn constructed of reclaimed barn wood, antiqued tin and classic elements that will create the perfect ambiance for you and your guests. The open floor plan, garden areas and stunning vistas allow it to transform into your perfect venue. capacity 250 | price $$

thistlewood manor

1520 Roland Ln., Kyle, TX (512) 268-1900 | info@thistlewoodmanor.com ThistlewoodManor.com Looking for an extraordinary setting for your wedding celebration? If timeless elegance is in your dreams, look no further than Thistlewood Manor. This gorgeous ballroom, with its grand staircase, amazing chandeliers and marble-like floors, is a magical place for your wedding reception. capacity 200 | price $$$

towering oaks haven

528 Northshore Lane, Valley View, TX (940) 580-2709 ToweringOaksHaven.com Unforced elegance is an apt description of our property set on 20 acres of northern Texas countryside. At Towering Oaks, we understand that wedding days are one of the transformative moments of life. That insight drives our dedication to provide an experience that is grand, intimate and worry-free. capacity 250 | price $$$

trinity river audubon center

(214) 254-4936 TrinityRiver.Audubon.org Trinity River Audubon Center is 10 minutes from downtown Dallas but a world away. Stunning modern architecture, wildflower-studded prairie and a forest backdrop make for the most unique indoor-outdoor venue in Dallas. Coordination and chef-inspired cuisine is provided by Bolsa. capacity 300 | price $

twisted ranch weddings

7345 W. FM 243, Bertram, TX (512) 553-5365 tricia@twistedranchweddings.com TwistedRanchWeddings.com Located in the Texas Hill Country, Twisted Ranch is a gorgeous location where rustic meets elegance—a destination where you feel at home while feeling as if you have been transported to another time. There is no comparison because there is nowhere else quite like it. capacity 200 | price $$

the university of texas golf club

2200 University Club Drive, Austin, TX (512) 266-6464 UTGolfClub.com Our versatile outdoor pavilion, fabulous golf course views, gorgeous clubhouse and Texas chic décor provide a perfect setting for both intimate and large weddings and receptions. The UT Golf Club is simply legendary. capacity 300+ | price $$$

victory arts center

801 W. Shaw St., Fort Worth, TX (817) 798-5282 cody@360cateringandevents.com VictoryArtsCenter.com This elegant, historic venue has rich hardwood floors, lofty 22-foot muraled ceilings, beautiful columns and lovely stained glass windows to create the perfect backdrop for your extraordinary day. Enjoy artistically crafted fresh foods catered exclusively by 360 Catering and Events. capacity 400+ | price $

vintage oaks ranch

2712 Happy Swaner Lane, Axtell, TX (254) 592-1604 VintageOaksRanch.com Our barn is brand new; however, it was built with the charm and character of a 100-year-old building. We are a family-run venue that can offer everything from the facility and décor to photography and catering. Our package includes the use of our large collection of vintage, rustic and shabby-chic items. capacity 150 | price $$

vintage villas hotel & events

4209 Eck Lane, Austin, TX (512) 220-0185 sales@vintagevillas.com VintageVillas.com Vintage Villas provides the ideal setting for outdoor

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the vista on seward hill

6414 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX (512) 327-3843 info@thevistaonsewardhill.com TheVistaonSewardHill.com Beautifully located in the hills of Austin, The Vista on Seward Hill offers a picturesque setting for a lavish and elegant wedding day, anniversary or special event. Old world atmosphere and Austin nostalgia makes the Vista a setting where events are never forgotten. capacity 200 | price $$$

vista west ranch

4505 McGregor Lane, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 894-3500 info@vistawestranch.com VistaWestRanch.com VWR is refined rustic chic—combining Hill Country elegance and Austin’s contemporary energy with understated charm. Weathered wood, aged tin and gorgeous rolling hills are a few things that make weddings here truly unique. Contact us to learn about our new venue, The Creek Haus. capacity 250 | price $$

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walters wedding estates

Serving Texas (972) 317-RING info@waltersweddingestates.com WaltersWeddingEstates.com Whether you’re looking for an intimate outdoor ceremony and reception or a formal chapel wedding, we have an estate that is sure to meet your expectations. Walters Wedding Estates consists of multiple wedding properties in the DFW Metroplex. capacity 350 | price $$

warwick melrose hotel

3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 224-3153 kroby@warwickhotels.com WarwickMelroseDallas.com As you first walk through the door, you are surrounded with timeless elegance and the magical ambiance that is so natural to the Warwick Melrose. Nestled among opulent surroundings, the prestigious Warwick Melrose is devoted to making your wedding dreams come true. capacity 250 | price $$$

waterfront hideaway ranch

640 Lloyds Road, Little Elm, TX (214) 506-3355 WHREvent.com We offer wide open space with gorgeous views combined with hardwood and pecan trees. Your wedding can take place steps from the shores of Lake Lewisville, or choose another location on the property.

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You can be completely outdoors under our lighted grove, under our enclosed pavilion or a combination! capacity 300+ | price $$

waters edge venue

3901 Nasa Parkway, El Lago, TX (281) 291-9900 info@watersedge.events WatersEdge.events Get married in grand style! Waters Edge offers the utmost in elegance for your spectacular waterfront wedding. Call us today to start planning your truly beautiful and memorable experience! capacity 300 | price $$

the waters point

13401 RR 12, Wimberley, TX (512) 722-3848 TheWatersPoint.com This premier destination wedding venue in the Texas Hill Country is nestled along the breathtaking banks of the Blanco River and Cypress Creek. Within walking distance to the downtown Wimberley square, the private 34-acre resort features multiple ceremony and reception sites, plus luxurious lodging. capacity 300+ | price $$

weddings at riverbend

4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX (512) 743-2223 Riverbend.com/weddings In the scenic Hill Country of Austin, this beautiful nondenominational wedding chapel seats 340 comfortably, 371 max, and is a perfect blank canvas for any wedding. Our beautiful, spacious ballroom area— just a short walk up the hill—holds 100-320 guests and allows food and alcohol to be catered in. capacity 371 | price $$

wedding in the branch

Farmers Branch, TX (972) 919-8730 WeddingintheBranch.com Historic structures, beautiful gardens, great location— what more could you ask for when planning your wedding or reception?

The perfect match — you and The Westin Riverwalk. It’s all here for your perfect day: an elegant venue, an experienced professional catering and banquet team to ensure a flawless reception and a heavenly wedding suite for the happy bride and groom. capacity 400 | price $$$

white chapel estate

7601 Precinct Line Rd., N. Richland Hills, TX (817) 498-4981 info@whitechapelestate.com WhiteChapelEstate.com Our 10,000-square-foot building sits on four beautiful acres, accommodating both indoor and outdoor weddings and receptions. Features include: chapel, spiral staircase, flower arrangements, chandeliers, ballrooms, chiavari chairs, linens, garden gazebos and amazing wedding planners from start to finish! capacity 200 | price $$

white oak music hall

2915 N. Main Street, Houston, TX (713) 438-3775 WhiteOakMusicHall.com From the Rooftop Deck overlooking downtown Houston to the warm, modern Music Hall, White Oak Music Hall offers seven indoor and outdoor spaces to host the most intimate ceremony or the grandest reception. Edgy, elegant, fun and eclectic, our modern venue can be dressed up or down to make your big day rock. capacity 3,000 | price $$$

willow creek wedding & events venue

415 S. Westmoreland Rd., Waxahachie, TX (972) 800-7973 willowcreektx@gmail.com WillowCreekTX.com This elegant countryside locale with a tree-lined creek flowing through the property is set only 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas. Spend your entire day celebrating with friends and family at one location, with everything you could need from ceremony to reception. Let’s celebrate love! capacity 300 | price $$

the windsor at hebron park weddings of austin

16200 E. Lakeshore Drive, Austin, TX (512) 476-2628 WeddingsofAustin.com We had our wedding here with the thoughts of extending it to many loving couples in the future. Each detail and every stone that was placed was truly done from the heart, in the hopes that a beautiful and longlasting marriage will begin here for many others, for many years to come. capacity 100+ | price $$

the westin riverwalk

420 West Market Street, San Antonio, TX (210) 444-6036 WestinRiverwalk.com

3016 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, TX (972) 306-3300 WindsorParkDallas.com The Windsor at Hebron Park is a newly constructed venue that boasts just under 16,000 square feet of decadence, including a chapel, ballroom, a plush bridal suite and handsome groom’s room! The Windsor at Hebron Park offers an all-inclusive wedding and event experience! capacity 300 | price $$$

the woodlands resort

2301 N. Millbend, The Woodlands, TX (866) 341-7462 WoodlandsResort.com/wed_to_remember.html The Enchanted Forest: The roots you plant here will flourish forever. One call to The Woodlands Resort

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woodrow’s vineyard estate

Wimberley, TX (512) 722-3580 HeartofTexasGetaways.com True Southern graciousness will greet you at Woodrow’s Vineyard Estate. Here you can leave the urban behind and head to the rolling hills and starry skies to a unique setting in the Hill Country of Texas. The lovely accommodations offer a sanctuary to savor time together before your sweet day! capacity 200 | price $$

zink haus

(781) 545-1330 TheRiverClubScituate.net Zink Haus is a beautifully renovated historic property made up of three separate and independent cottages, sleeping 16 guests total. In historic downtown New Braunfels, Zink Haus is within walking distance of restaurants, bars, boutique shops, the Comal River Tube Chute and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. capacity 100 | price $$$

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thoroughly embrace the creative aspect of everything we do! We are based on 1950s old-fashioned heart and honesty, putting customers and their big day expectations first and foremost. The desire to think outside the box is apparent in our work.

creations cake shop, llc

122 N. Bryant, Pleasanton, TX (830) 281-3222 CreationsCakes.com We at Creations Cakes specialize in creative design and artistic detail. We will prepare a one-of-a-kind cake for you that tastes as amazing as it looks, all within your budget. We look forward to working with you to create a wedding cake uniquely designed for you.

cynthia’s cakes

South Texas and beyond (956) 381-0008 cynthiascakes@aol.com CynthiasCakes.com Cynthia’s Cakes brings elegance, taste and creativity together to make your wedding cake a lasting impression and delicious memory. We pride ourselves in offering an extensive variety of techniques and mediums to work with to create and inspire the perfect sweet centerpiece for your special wedding day.

Austin, TX (512) 291-6180 Austin-Catering.com Our passion for food, artistic presentation and focus on flawless execution is what sets us apart and is the core of what creates the Austin Catering experience. The breadth of experience and logistical savvy our team brings to the table will put you at ease—your only concern will be what shoes to wear!

beyond the box

Dallas-Fort Worth (214) 828-2228 FoodBeyondtheBox.com Beyond the Box Catering is a full-service catering and event company that has served the DFW area since 2004. In addition to food and beverage, we offer professional staffing, chairs, tables, linens, event rentals and day-of wedding coordination to make your experience simple and efficient.

catering with a twist

Serving the greater Austin area (512) 248-8771 CateringwithaTwist.com Much more than just a catering company, we

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7710 Cherry Park Drive #B, Houston, TX (281) 861-7995 WeddingCakesbyTammyAllen.com We are award-winning wedding cake specialists and designers with incredibly delicious signature flavors. We have an outstanding reputation and excellent reviews. One taste and you’ll say, “This is the best wedding cake ever.” We have the look and the taste. Call today for your appointment!

who made the cake!™

1811 South Shepherd, Houston, TX (713) 528-4719 info@whomadethecake.com WhoMadetheCake.com “Who Made The Cake!” is known throughout Texas for creating spectacular custom designed cakes that taste as wonderful as they look. Specialties include hand-made sugar paste flowers and handpainted details.

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heavenly gourmet

5005 West Avenue, Suite 1103, San Antonio, TX (210) 496-9090 heavenly.gourmet@sbcglobal.net HeavenlyG.com At Heavenly Gourmet we excel at what we do, which is providing specialty meals and superb customer service, at affordable prices. Please call for a complimentary tasting at our café.

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30281 Saratoga Lane, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX (210) 618-4063 JimmyLyns.com Jimmy Lyn’s is a family owned and operated business. We specialize in wedding and event catering and recently added event planning to our list of services. We know you, your family and guests will all love our fresh meals always made from scratch. We’re here for you for the moments that matter.

kalo catering

Greater South Texas and Texas Hill Country (210) 441-2054 KaloCatering.com “Your expectation is our starting point” isn’t just our slogan—it’s truly ingrained into everything we do at Kalo Catering. We achieve exceptional events through extensive personal contact and communication with our clients, high-quality ingredients and our dedicated, friendly, professional staff.

pennington’s cakes

1662 S. Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX (512) 396-4059 PenningtonsCakes.com Since 1962, we’ve been creating your custom wedding and birthday cakes. We are now serving

botanika

13614 Bluffcircle, San Antonio, TX (210) 733-8120 melissa@botanika.com Botanika.com Botanika offers creative and modern ideas with a focus on texture and color. With a background in interior design, we enjoy focusing on the details to make your event a dream come true!

g. johnson’s floral images 6560 Fannin Ste. 230, Houston, TX (713) 797-6703 GJohnsons.com Flowers are love’s truest language.

gypsy blooms

Houston, TX (832) 412-9584 GypsyBlooms.com Providing boutique wedding and event flowers, from vintage Texas chic to Southern sophisticate, the floral designers at Gypsy Blooms will make your event unforgettably, uniquely your own. Our inspiration is the world we live in. We take an eclectic, artistic approach for a customized, hands-on experience.

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h-e-b blooms™

Heb.com/blooms Expect the unexpected with H-E-B Blooms™ Floral Shops. Think of us as your personal floral boutique for all of your special occasions—no matter how big or small. Let our expert designers create something extraordinary that will be remembered for many tomorrows to come.

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johanna terry events

Houston, TX (832) 696-1821 JohannaTerryEvents.com Johanna Terry Events is a new boutique-style design firm offering design services, rentals and florals by appointment only.

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Waco, TX (254) 732-1710 | kaktosrose@gmail.com KaktosRose.com We create custom cake toppers, signs and more. Kaktos Rose designs are cut from high-quality metal products that are timeless, sleek, functional and stylish! If you don’t see your perfect item, contact us with custom requests!

the scarlett rose

201 Trestle Tree, San Marcos, TX (737) 222-4070 TheScarlettRoseFlowers.com We provide full-service floral consulting and design with a truly artistic flare. Want more? We also offer wedding planning services so brides and belles can have the day of their dreams.

stems floral design

(512) 537-0577 StemFloral.com We can create anything you dream up and bring your wedding day vision to life. We pride ourselves in making this possible within your budget, without stress. Our mission is to leave you feeling that your look was perfect and exactly how you imagined it would be.

venia floral and event design

3733 E. University Dr., Ste. 310, McKinney, TX (214) 935-9757 info@veniaflowers.com VeniaFlowers.com/weddings Venia Floral and Event Design prefers a one-on-one and hands-on approach to design and assisting brides

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100 N. Ballard Ave., Suite B, Wylie, TX (972) 941-9494 WylieBridal.com Our couture bridal shop in Wylie features wedding dresses by David Tutera, Mon Cheri and Sophia Tolli. We are also the exclusive retailer for Kite & Butterfly gowns. You’ll also find veils, jewelry and novelty bridal items for sale at the shoppe to complete your look. Fittings are by appointment only.

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ilios lighting design

(512) 440-7045 IliosLighting.com For more than a decade, ILIOS Lighting Design has been enhancing spectacular weddings. With our innovative use of the latest technologies and products in the industry, ILIOS is well positioned to provide a creative and professional experience individually tailored to our clients.

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ava’s bridal couture/classy concepts bridal boutique

Serving the DFW Metroplex (817) 732-4457 | (817) 473-2100 classyconcepts@hotmail.com AvasBridalCouture.com If you’re looking for special moments throughout your bridal gown search, let us get to know you! We’re here to save you time and stress with our in-house alteration departments, making us full-service all the way until the wedding day! Make your appointment and we’ll have champagne waiting for you.

bellami

(844) 235-5264 info@bellamihair.com BellamiHair.com We provide our Bellas with luxury, high-quality 100 percent human Remy Hair Extensions at affordable prices, which you can shop for on our website. We also offer the Bellami Beauty Bar in the Los Angeles area, which offers a personalized experience to give you the full Bellami effect.

brickhouse bridal

200 Valleywood Drive, Suite A300, The Woodlands, TX (281) 681-3430 info@brickhousebridal.com BrickhouseBridal.com Our brides have the experience of a lifetime when purchasing their dream wedding gown. We are committed to being the salon that offers the best service and value in a boutique environment for the bride and her bridesmaids. Appointments recommended.

bridal boutique

139 West Main Street, Lewisville, TX (972) 219-8500 BridalBoutiqueLewisville.com Located in Old Town Lewisville, Bridal Boutique carries the most extensive selection of gowns and bridesmaid dresses in the entire metroplex. We’re a full-service salon dedicated to serving the bride the way you should be served. Our friendly staff will help you find your dream gown, as well as everything you’ll need to make your day perfect.

2964 Park Hill Drive, Fort Worth, TX (817) 921-2964 DeMaFille.com We are a French-inspired boutique that has a warm and personal approach to service. Our bridal designers are exclusive to the Fort Worth area. Please take pictures to help you remember, and when you say “yes,” we pop the champagne! We do prefer appointments so our brides get our undivided attention!

houston bridal gallery

7951 Katy Freeway, Suite E, Houston, TX (713) 526-9401 info@houstonbridalgallery.com HoustonBridalGallery.com Houston Bridal Gallery is a full-service, shabby-chic bridal salon featuring quality, unique gowns. We provide a one-stop shop for all things bridal, including wedding gowns, veils, headpieces, undergarments, jewelry, shoes, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses.

julian gold bridal

San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi ahart@juliangold.com JulianGold.com Julian Gold Bridal is the perfect start to your new beginning. Our full-service bridal salon features collections from designers including Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Rivini, Liancarlo, Lazaro and a host of others. Take full advantage of being a Julian Gold bride and let us spoil you!

leann’s bridal

McKinney, TX (214) 842-8844 LeAnnsBridal.com With 6,200 square feet of space and three floors, LeAnn’s is filled with beautiful gowns from over a dozen different bridal lines, including lines that are not carried by any other store in the state! LeAnn’s has dresses in all different styles, shapes and sizes, providing something for each unique bride.

mia bridal couture

2509 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, TX (713) 622-2022 MiaBridalCouture.com Mia Bridal Couture offers an inviting and personable boutique shopping environment shielded from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Our designers’ inspiration, dedication to design and couture craftsmanship result in a unique and distinct collection of gowns from acclaimed designers.

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parvani vida

7107 Hwy. 6 South, Houston, TX (281) 498-9292 sales@parvanivida.com ParvaniVida.com Parvani Vida is a full-service bridal salon, featuring an extensive collection of gowns to suit every price range. Our staff includes professional consultants and skilled seamstresses, all dedicated to your satisfaction. Appointments are recommended.

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701 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX (512) 444-BRIDE (2743) Unbridaled.com Unbridaled offers bridal and bridesmaid fashions that are as unique as the girl wearing them—from simple elegance, short and sassy and destination to couture gowns and vintage-inspired. Unbridaled offers an eclectic assortment of fashion-forward formalwear and accessories that lets the bride’s personality shine through.

(817) 202-7906 prettyonpremises@yahoo.com PrettyOnPremises.com Hello, beautiful bride! I have been a licensed cosmetologist for ten years, with a passion and specialty for formal styling and glamour makeup. I absolutely love weddings! Pretty On Premises can come to you on premises, or you can enjoy the experience from the salon studio located in Fort Worth.

12717 Shops Pkwy., Suite 200, Austin, TX (512) 892-5000 SignatureBridalSalon.com Signature Bridal Salon is central Texas’ premier fullservice bridal experience offering the latest in designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, formal social wear and bridal accessories. We offer upfront pricing, and we genuinely care about making each bride’s experience perfect.

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211 N. Velasco, Angleton, TX (979) 849-2583 SomethingBlueTexas.com You’re engaged! Now the planning begins. First comes the most important wedding decision—the dress! Where to find the perfect gown? At Something Blue, we will make your dress search fun and stress-free. So, schedule your visit and find out what makes us so special. We can’t wait to meet you!

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102 N. Loop at Yale St., Houston, TX (713) 880-2364 | VenturasBridalFashions.com Ventura’s Bridal Fashions offers the newest trends in wedding gowns from the most requested designers. From timeless to modern day elegance, we take pride in featuring the largest wedding gown collection in Houston. We’re open seven days a week, and appointments are required.

2665 Royal Forest Drive, Kingwood, TX (832) 644-5655 WhittingtonBridal.com Have your moment at Whittington Bridal! Enjoy spacious fitting rooms and a personal stage area with large mirrors as you find the dress of your dreams. Choose from our hand-selected collection of wedding gowns and enjoy a day that’s all about you and finding your dress! Appointments are recommended.

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barnes jewelry

100 Westgate Pkwy., Amarillo, TX (806) 355-9874 BarnesJewelry.com We have been honored to help people celebrate life’s special moments since 1956. Whatever the occasion, we treasure the opportunity to make it as special as possible. We have an exquisite bridal selection and an on-site custom jeweler. Come on in and let’s celebrate your special moments.

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NorthPark, Dallas, TX (214) 369-6100 EisemanJewels.com Each diamond in our new Point of Love Collection is GIA certified and personally selected for its value, beauty and brilliance. The timeless and classic design features a small colored gemstone or diamond nestled underneath the center stone, point to point—a ring like no other for your “yes” and your “I do.”

zadok jewelers

1749 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX (713) 960-8950 Zadok.com Master jewelers for seven generations.

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a splendid event

Greater Houston and surrounding areas (281) 888-0773 ASplendidEvent.net With expert event management, appreciation and dedication to the details of your individual romance and creative décor and design, A Splendid Event will take all of your visions and transform them into real life.

adorn vintage rentals and events

San Antonio, TX (210) 288-2546 sparklingkissesbywhit@gmail.com On your day, you want to sparkle. The last thing you want to worry about is reapplying your lipstick. Get one that won’t budge, even with true love’s kiss, from an independent distributor of SeneGence products— vegan, all-natural, anti-aging, pharmaceutical-grade skin care and cosmetics (distributor #198239).

912 N. 10th Street, McAllen, TX (956) 683-8740 SposaMiaBride.com We are a small team, passionate and friendly, with a unique collection of wedding gowns and accessories. We believe that choosing your wedding gown should be the most fabulous experience ever. Our bridal collections start at $1,000. Appointments are recommended.

eiseman jewels

2900 West Anderson Ln., Austin, TX (512) 452-6491 Benolds.com Austin’s one and only destination for diamond engagement rings for more than 85 years features top designers such as Verragio, Simon G., A.JAFFE, Lazare Kaplan and our own Benold’s Signature Collection. Knowledgeable staff, beautiful diamonds and gent’s bands create the perfect buying experience.

Houston, TX (713) 702-0820 AdornVintageRentals.com He asked for your hand in marriage and you said “Yes!” Now let us share your love story with your family and guests.

austin event company

Austin, TX (512) 653-3602 AustinEventCompany.com We can assist with wedding planning, floral design, cake creation, wedding officiating, event staffing, bar services, event rentals and audio/visual services. Each of our team members has been hand-selected, working seamlessly together to capture your vision and transform it into living art!

bella luna bridal & occasions

9014 Bayview Cove Drive, Houston, TX (281) 253-2824 | lisa@bellalunabridal.com BellaLunaBridal.com At Bella Luna, we collaborate with our couples to internalize their dreams, conceptualize a vision and deliver a wedding as unique as each love story. We pride ourselves on attention to detail, building personal relationships and exceptional response time.

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event identity

(713) 678-0321 info@event-identity.com Event-Identity.com Our conscientious consultants take care, concern and passion to serve others to a higher level of expectation. We pride ourselves in creating bespoke events while incorporating the unique history and interests of each client. Be prepared to leave the details to Event Identity.

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hamilton grace events

Austin and surrounding areas (512) 693-4004 HamiltonGraceEvents.com Our goal is to ensure your wedding day is the best day ever. We pride ourselves on our attentiveness to our clients’ needs and our ability to be able to transfer your vision for your wedding into a beautiful reality. Let the celebration begin!

heb weddings by design

HEB.com/weddings Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Weddings by Design by H-E-B™ is happy to be considered as part of your special day. We’re here not only to help beautify your ceremony and reception, but to simplify your wedding planning process. Call us today!

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precious nuptials & destination weddings

Houston, Mexico, Caribbean and beyond (281) 962-1008 PreciousNuptials.com Whatever you desire—small and intimate, large and luxurious or an exotic destination with flair—we are providers of impeccable service to fit your specific needs! Layout, design and all the elements in between, we know that precious nuptials don’t just happen. They’re planned!

wedding day perfection

Houston metropolitan and surrounding areas (832) 657-1059 WeddingDayPerfection.com We’re skillfully bringing together all of the details to create a perfect and memorable wedding day just the way you imagined it. Call us today.

bridal registries

Serving nationwide Belk.com Belk’s professionally-trained bridal consultants make planning your wedding gift registry enjoyable and convenient. You’ll find quality brand names and styles in china, crystal, flatware, kitchen electrics, bedding and

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(830) 832-7941 laningphotography@gmail.com LaningPhotography.com Photography is about reaching down and finding pieces of people, maybe even pieces they don’t even know they have, and bringing them out. I am in the business of sharing people, their visage, their feeling, a momentary impression of who they are, through the medium of photography.

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amber kelley photography

Austin, TX (512) 799-5176 AmberKelleyPhotography.com Amber Kelley Photography is a husband-and-wife, all-inclusive team with over seven years of experience in Texas Hill Country and Riviera Maya, Mexico, wedding photography.

anette miguel photography & videography

Texas and destination (956) 569-7293 | (956) 802-1854 AMPhotoandVideo.com Every story is unique, and yours will be the best because you are the main figure. Let us be a part of the day so we can capture the moment you manifested your love for the first time. We offer outstanding wedding photography and cinematography.

artistry in focus

Serving the DFW area (214) 668-5219 artistryinfocus@aol.com ArtistryInFocus.biz Let us preserve your memories through our impeccable attention to detail and years of experience. Our unlimited style possibilities will allow your personality to be the focal point of your pictures.

bespoke images & photography, llc

Houston and across the globe (713) 865-3121 BespokeImagesandPhotography.com We want to perfectly capture your dream day vision so it can be cherished for generations. We enjoy putting a smile on the faces of all who attend your event, while capturing the most precious moments of the wedding. Call us today for an appointment.

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Houston, TX (832) 329-3042 JessiMarriPhotography.com Wedding photography is my greatest passion! Nothing compares to creating art through beautiful images of my brides and grooms. Capture every detail of every moment on your special day with Jessi Marri Photography—for memories that last a lifetime!

Dallas, TX (972) 256-6016 laura@lauramphotos.com LauraMPhotos.com I don’t believe in cookie-cutter couples. You are beautifully unique. Whether your style is artistic, romantic, modern, vintage or anything else, I capture photos tailored to you in a way that is fun, meaningful and reflective of your personality and your own personal brand of love.

melakia photography

DFW, Texas and destination weddings (972) 214-8265 MelaKiaPhoto.com We are a wedding photography company that focuses and excels in our clients’ happiness by personalizing their experience from beginning to end. Every bride and groom has a love story that is uniquely their own; therefore, we believe in photographs that reflect your love, your story, beautifully captured.

mychelle levan photography

Houston and surrounding areas and destinations mychellelevan@gmail.com MychelleLeVan.com Collecting raw emotion through captured expressions and body language, we hope to portray elegance in a classic but modern way for timeless memories forever engraved in our hearts and minds. It would be an honor to be invited into your life and help you get to framing!

nicole ryan photography

(281) 728-7139 nicole@nicoleryanphoto.com NicoleRyanPhoto.com Your wedding day comes and goes in a whirlwind of excitement, laughter, long embraces and sweet kisses. Don’t let a single moment go unremembered. Nicole Ryan Photography will capture your wedding day and the events leading up to it in a natural, creative and romantic way.

philip thomas photography

Houston, San Antonio, Gulf Coast (832) 206-9864 PhilipThomas.com Capturing the life of your wedding day, my style goes against the grain of clichéd wedding photography. I am a photographer who is artistic, unique and has a hands-off approach.

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Houston, TX (713) 828-5362 DJsforMemorableOccassions.com Your day, your way! It’s all about you, and we know that. We listen to you and know how to make your wedding day wonderful. Trust your special day to the best full-service DJ company in town. Uplights, bar service, videography and photography— we have it all!

the special edition band

(972) 345-2984 TheSpecialEditionBand.com The Special Edition Band authentically and powerfully performs a vast repertoire ranging from current popdance hits, to rock, country, Latin and jazz, and will customize our music to fit each event, client and venue. We deliver everything with extreme attention to detail and client service.

specialty services

Customer service is our top priority, along with offering quality products and doing our part to help make your wedding as stress-free as possible. Whether you are planning a casual outdoor ceremony or a formal reception, we have what you need.

bartenders4you

Serving Greater San Antonio (210) 889-0887 bartenders4you@yahoo.com Bartenders4You.com Bartenders4you Professional Bar Service offers complete or partial service to make your event complete. We offer TABC & insured mixologist, portable bar rentals, keg service, margarita service, signature cocktails, snow cone cocktail bars and coffee cocktail bars. Free consultations for every event. “We mix, you mingle.”

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of organic blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

book here, give here

Austin, TX (866) 963-BOOK info@bookheregivehere.org BookHereGiveHere.org We’re the only wedding travel agency that donates back to charity with every booking—at no cost to you or your guests! We take care of planning all wedding travel—air, hotel, car rentals, ground transportation, venue coordination—for you and your guests to any destination.

plus a Dripping Springs showroom, to enhance your rental experience. In addition to amazing inventory, our website features live chat! Talk to you soon!

the relationship firm

Houston area (713) 678-0052 TheRelationshipFirm.com We specialize in helping you craft the best life and the best love because “happy” lives or loves don’t just happen.

romance travel group

Serving Nationwide (507) 267-4857 RomanceTravelGroup.com Romance Travel Group is your key to a successful destination wedding! As industry-recognized leaders in the art of destination wedding planning, our team has dozens of awards and accolades, and thousands of very happy brides, grooms and guests. Mexico and Caribbean resorts are our specialty!

the traveling photo booth

TheTravelingPhotoBooth.com Not your typical photo booth. Our booths are easy to use, attractive, dependabd instantly print real photo strips quickly and reliably. That’s why we believe we’re the most trusted, rented and reliable company in the galaxy. You and your kids (gulp) will love these photos forever.

destination weddings

(888) 536-1923 DestinationWeddings.com Whether you envision saying your vows barefoot on a beach, on board a luxury cruise at sea or within a blooming historic garden, we have your perfect destination. Explore nearly 2,000 hotels and resorts in 42 countries to make your dream a reality!

premiere booth

Serving North Texas (214) 295-1049 info@premierebooth.com PremiereBooth.com Capture all the fun and spontaneous moments from your event with Premiere Photo Booth! The lines will form, the crowds will gather and inhibitions will be lost. It’s amazing how much fun guests have in our Premiere booths. Always the life of the party!

premiere events any occasion party rental

Serving Houston (713) 662-9724 AnyOccasionPartyRental.com We’re how Houston brides create dream weddings.

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Serving Texas North Austin: (512) 870-8552 South Austin: (512) 292-3900 Dripping Springs: (512) 829-4498 PremiereEventsOnline.com Our exceptional products and experienced certified event rental professionals help make your wedding dreams a reality! We have two Austin showrooms,

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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The Castle at Rockwall

517

501 Ranch

306

Castle on the Lake

554

809 at Vickery

551

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

583

The Allan House

61

The Cedars Ranch

407

The Allen Farmhaus

231

Chapel Creek Ranch

543

Andrew Ormsby at Cityplace Events

485

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop

212

Ashelynn Manor

167

Cherokee Rose

243

Ashton Gardens

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Cindy’s Palace Banquet Hall

148

Avalon Legacy Ranch

449

Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island

309

Balmorhea

164

City Club at Fort Worth

480

The Barn at Hickory Creek

187

Clark Gardens

559

The Barn at The Rock House Hideaway

69

The Club at Carlton Woods

120

Beaumont Ranch

468

The Club at Garden Ridge

283

Beer Park

212

The Clubs of Kingwood

170

Bella Sera Ranch

551

Colleyville Center

565

Bentwood Texas

343

The County Line

386

Best Day Ever Ranch

533

Crowne Plaza Dallas - Near the Galleria

499

Blaine Stone Lodge

474

Cypress Club, The Reserve at Lake Travis

355

Blissful Hill

349

D’Vine Grace Vineyards & Event Venues

439

Blue Sage Hall

306

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

461

Bougainvilleas

125

Dallas Historical Society

561

BRIK Special Events Venue

471

Dallas Palms

489

Brodie Homestead

60

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

320

The Bryan Museum

183

Diamond H3 Ranch

493

Buca di Beppo

81

Dimebox Ballroom

414

Camp Lucy

35

Don Strange Ranch

255

The Cana Ballroom

313

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown

207

Canyonwood Ridge

399

Dove Ridge Vineyard

543

The Carlisle Room

483

Duchman Family Winery

401

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Hidden Hills Weddings & Events

545

Embassy Suites by Hilton

311

Hidden River Ranch

399

Emery’s Buffalo Creek

205

Hideout on the Horseshoe

351

Events at Hawthorn Hills Ranch

494

Hilton San Antonio Airport

279

Evergreen Event Co.

575

Hochzeit Hall

201

Firefly Farm

14

Hollow Hill

445

Flying V Ranch

57

Horseshoe Bay Ranch

371

The Fort Worth Club

520

Horseshoe Falls Resort

407

Fort Worth Zoo

545

Hotel ICON

173

The Gallery

119

Hotel Saint George

319

Garden Grove Wedding & Event Venue

402

Hotel Settles

317

The Gardens at Madeley Manor

84

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

95

The Gardens of Cranesbury View

291

Hurst Conference Center

571

Gather in Downtown McKinney

462

Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland/Richardson

567

Giardino Bertucci Event Center

402

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

257

The Giddings Stone Mansion

202

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort

372

The Grand Hall at Deer Lake Lodge

114

The Ingenhuett on High

313

The Grand Texana

181

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

380

The Grove

5

Jack Guenther Pavilion

280

The Hall at River Square Center

577

The JL Bar Ranch & Resort

27

The Harbor on Possum Kingdom

581

Julia Ideson Library

153

Heather’s Glen

161

JW Marriott Austin

419

The Heights Villa

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KayCee Club

505

The Helene House Event Center

305

Kendall Plantation

226

Heritage Place

59

King River Ranch

362

Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club

501

La Cima Club

507

HESS Club

91

Lakeway Resort & Spa

337

Hexx

212

Lone Star Lodge, Resort & Marina

569

Hidden Creek

443

Lone Star Mansion

508

587

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Eisemann Center

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239

Park City Club

465

Lucky Spur Ranch Retreat

497

Pearl South Padre

33

Ma Maison

375

Pecan Springs Ranch

383

Magnolia Halle

303

Phillips Event Center

419

Magnolia Hotels

541

Piazza in the Village

44

Magnolia Lake

151

Pine Forest Country Club

143

The Marq Southlake

577

Plantation Elegance

175

The McNay Art Museum

284

Rancho Mirando Luxury Guest Ranch

361

Mia Bella Vita

147

Raveneaux Country Club

101

Midlothian Conference Center

457

The Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch

Insert

Milltown Historic District

274

The Reverbery

367

Mimosa Hall

519

River Road Chateau

451

Moffitt Oaks

9

The Room on Main

431

Mona Lisa Events at Le Jardin

199

Roszell Gardens Wedding & Events Center

305

Multiplicity

199

Royal Oaks Country Club

141

Na’Kayshions Wedding & Event Center

511

The Rustic Barn

549

Oak Knoll Ranch

513

Ruthe Jackson Center

21

The Oaks at Heavenly

295

The Salt Lick BBQ

389

The Oaks Event Center

473

The Settlement

245

Oakwind Bed & Breakfast

196

Seven for Parties

525

Old American Golf Club

571

Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio

303

Old Glory Ranch

345

Shirley Acres Weddings & Events

189

Omni Resorts Barton Creek | Austin

17

Signature Manor

189

The Orchard at Caney Creek

181

Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club

547

The Orion Ballroom

483

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin

359

The Overlook

13

South Congress Hotel

82

Ox Ranch

23

Southfork Ranch

514

Palm Door

379

The Springs Event Venue

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Paniolo Ranch

277

The St. Anthony Hotel

261

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Weddings of Austin

368

St. Regis Houston

89

Wendy Krispin Caterer

525

The Stable at Pearl

258

The Westin Dallas Downtown

535

Star Hill Ranch

417

The Westin Riverwalk San Antonio

411

Stockyards Station

425

White Chapel Estate

581

Stonebridge

135

White Oak Music Hall

207

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

249

Willow Creek Wedding & Events Venue

455

The Terrace Club

331

The Windsor at Hebron Park

431

Texas Discovery Gardens

573

The Woodlands Resort

107

The Texas Tumbleweed Barn at Painted Lakes

479

Woodrow’s Vineyard Estate

76

Thistle Springs Ranch

420

Zink Haus

287

Thistlewood Manor & Gardens

333

Towering Oaks Haven

579

CAKES & CATERERS

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Trinity River Audubon Center

553

Austin Catering

408

Twisted Ranch Weddings

391

Café Natalie Fine Catering

28

The University of Texas Golf Club

397

Catering With A Twist

401

The Veranda

179

Creations Cakes

314

Victory Arts Center

523

Cynthia’s Cakes

293

Vintage Oaks Ranch

554

Heavenly Gourmet

294

Vintage Villas Hotel & Events

413

Jimmy Lyn’s Event Planning & Catering

299

The Vista on Seward Hill

411

Kalo Catering

263

Vista West Ranch

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Pennington’s Cakes

417

Walters Wedding Estates

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Texas Catering

477

Warwick Melrose Hotel

437

Wedding Cakes by Tammy Allen

179

Waterfront Hideaway Ranch

491

Who Made the Cake!

175

Waters Edge

31

The Waters Point

405

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Wedding in the Branch

565

Botanika

311

Weddings at Riverbend

325

G. Johnson’s Floral Images

123

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St. George Maronite Center

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. Gypsy Blooms

202

Signature Bridal Salon

339

Haute Flowers & Events

183

Something Blue

137

H-E-B Blooms

51

Sparkling Kisses by Whitney

309

Johanna Terry Events

157

Sposa Mia Couture

237

The Scarlett Rose

365

Unbridaled

65

STEMS Floral Design Productions

397

Ventura’s Bridal Fashions

103

Venia Floral & Event Design

2

Whittington Bridal

97

Whim Hospitality

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JEWELRY

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A Splendid Event

187

Barnes Jewelry

70

Adorn Vintage Rentals & Events

109

Benold’s Jewelers

55, 356

Austin Event Company

408

Eiseman Jewels

75

Bella Luna Bridal & Occasions

209

Zadok Jewelers

18

Clearly Classy Events

393

Event Identity

205

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Hamilton Grace Events

405

Ava’s Bridal Couture

529

H-E-B Weddings

53

Bellami

225

Keestone Events

467

Brickhouse Bridal

163

Precious Nuptials & Destinations

211

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

427

Wedding Day Perfection

177

The Bridal Shoppe of Wylie

502

Classy Concepts Bridal & Formal

529

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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De Ma Fille

486

Amber Kelley Photography

10

Houston Bridal Gallery

159

Anette Miguel Photography & Videography

251

Julian Gold Bridal

25

Artistry in Focus

569

LeAnn’s Bridal

526

Bespoke Images & Photography

209

Mia Bridal Couture

117

J. May Photography

559

Parvani Vida

145

Jessi Marri Photography

201

Pretty on Premises

575

Laning Photography

579

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Laura Miller Photography

573

Book Here, Give Here

225

MelaKia Photography

553

Destination Weddings

63

Mychelle LeVan Photography

196

ILIOS Lighting

327

Nicole Ryan Photography

413

Kaktos Rose

549

Philip Thomas Photography

67

Madison

433

Sassy Massey Photography

138

Peerless Events & Tents

47

Shooting Starr Photography

541

Premiere Booth

547

Valorie Darling Photography

223

Premiere Events

49

Premiere Select

48

ENTERTAINMENT

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The Relationship Firm

211

Altared Weddings & Events

385

Rock My Wedding

219

DJ Dave Productions

113

Romance Travel

215

DJ’s for Memorable Occassions

177

The Traveling Photo Booth

377

The Special Edition Band

567 INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Things Remembered

79

Any Occasion Party Rental

169

Bartenders4You

317

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Belk

43

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cathy & zach HUTTO “As contrary as it may seem, we felt relaxed—like all time had stopped,” Cathy says of the intimate moments she and Zach shared together before exchanging vows. “All of the planning had come to an end. We were able to set aside the logistics and just be together. I could finally breathe.”

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